This week at the lab, 46 girls are just having fun with science!
Held just a few weeks after the co-ed MagLab Summer Camp, SciGirls provides an alternatively all-female setting for girls in grades 5-8 to experience science. The campers hear from role models and mentors in STEM fields and take part in dynamic, hands-on activities that explore biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, forensic science and meteorology.
"By having these young ladies involved in a wide range of science experiences, the MagLab hopes to build a foundation of interest in science at a critical time in their educational development," explains camp coordinator, Carlos Villa. "SciGirls Summer Camp gives them the confidence to attempt and succeed in higher level science and math courses in middle and high school. Ultimately, we hope they continue on to amazing accomplishments in science careers."
SciGirls is held in partnership with WFSU, and more than 300 girls have participated in the program since launching in 2006. A recent study of a group of former SciGirls showed that half went on to major in a STEM field.
Follow along with the campers by watching video diaries and reading journals uploaded each day to the SciGirls blog.
Text by Kristin Roberts. Photo by Stephen Bilenky.