WiSE Girlz Spring Camp
WiSE hosts girls from Alachua County middle-schools for 1 week of hands-on learning
Update: Applications for the 2016 camp are going to be closed Friday, March 11 .
If you applied but did not complete all paperwork, you can still submit the Teacher Endorsement form (link below).
We are in the process of sending out notifications to the participants.
2016 WiSE Girlz Camp is March 21-25.
Studies show that as girls transfer from middle to high school, they can perceive science as ‘uncool’ and subsequently lose interest in scientific careers before reaching college. The camp is aiming at girls from public schools (or other non-fee schools) who are interested in STEM disciplines but would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to campus and meet scientists, hear about their research and do hands-on experiments.
2016 Program Itinerary with host departments:
- Monday: Astronomy
- Tuesday: Chemistry
- Wednesday: Biology (includes field trip)
- Thursday: Engineering
- Friday: Computer Science
Contact Judit Ungvari Martin, WiSE External Vice President of Outreach 2015-16, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
WiSE external vice-president Dr. Charlotte Germain-Aubrey proposed a WiSE Girlz Spring Science Camp to contradict this notion. She sent a call for help organizing different days in different departments and the response by faculty, staff and students across campus was amazing!!! Sponsored in part by iDigBio and run March 21-25, 2014 for the first time through the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), the camp welcomed 7 girls and was an explosion of fun activities and discoveries. Monday was engineering day and the girls made slingshots and got a tour of campus, Tuesday was computer science day and they got to make their own video game, Wednesday was chemistry and they got to make some chemical magic, Thursday was astronomy day and the girls built their own telescopes, and then made some volcanic explosions in a short geology workshop. Friday finally was biology day and they went collecting plants in the Ordway-Swisher biological. The girls then have to present what they learned about the STEM disciplines and the career possibilities to their class and school, and become advocates of women in sciences and engineering.
The camp was a success and WiSE has decided to make it an annual event! The 2015 WiSE Girlz Camp was March 23-27, always coinciding with the county public school spring break. We are hoping some of the same volunteers will work with us again, and even more will expand the scope of the camp!
Multimedia coverage from the camp:
WiSE thanks the support of these wonderful organizations for helping make the camp a success!