The STEM Summer Institute for rising 9th through 12th grade girls was created in 2011 as a model STEM summer program for girls. In the summer of 2016, we added rising 7th and 8th grade girls! Our aim is to model true integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a domain that is naturally appealing to girls – serving other girls in a global setting. Each year the STEM Summer Institute will tackle a different problem sponsored by the Lwala Community Alliance. In future summers, we will invite educators from other schools to visit our summer program and take home our model and even our specific curriculum to implement in their local area. This year the 9th through 12th grade institutes will run June 5-16, 2017. Two separate institutes for rising 7th and 8th graders will run June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2017. Please use the menu to the left to access the applications and flyers.
Research results for this program indicate that the student participants leave the camp with a better understanding of what engineering is and have increased self-efficacy in STEM. A later studiy also indicates that the parents of our participants have an increased knowledge of what engineering is and improved attitudes towards engineering. Read more about it here:
Chukwurah, C, SS Klein-Gardner. STEM Summer Institute: A Model Program for STEM Integration for Girls. In J. Koch, B. Polnick, and B. Irby (Eds.) Girls and Women in STEM Fields: A Never-Ending Story. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 2014.
Additional grant funding in the future will allow expansion of the STEM Summer Institute to include additional grade levels and an associated professional development workshop for teachers and administrators.