STEM Summer Institute – For Parents

DSC03725_compressed.jpgIs your daughter interested in helping others – perhaps even in a global context?  Does she like to solve problems?  Is she excited to use her hands to create something?  Then perhaps the STEM Summer Institute is for her.  This summer the Gifft Hill School has "hired" the 9th through 12th grade participants to develop a system for maximizing rain collection and irrigating the school garden.

Participants of the rising 7th and 8th grade institute will have a completely separate one week option. In week two, the girls will be working on improving the playground at the Gifft Hill School's Lower School Campus.

Participants will use the engineering design process to manage the redesign along with appropriate scientific inquiry, statistical analyses, computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, and hands-on prototype building to accomplish these tasks.  We'll also do things to make this feel a bit more like a traditional camp - and not just academics – and include topics like college planning and building up the girls’ social capital.


The Center for STEM Education for Girls is hosting the STEM Summer Institute for rising 9th and 10th grade girls and the STEM Summer Institute for rising 11th and 12th grade girls June 11-15, 2018.  The STEM Summer Institutes for rising 7th and 8th grade girls will be held the week of June 18-22, 2018. Any girl may participate, but transportation will only be made available for girls residing in Davidson County, TN.


Applications for all students are due March 6, 2018.  Please note that your daughter does not have to excel in her science or mathematics classes.  We are truly looking for girls who want to participate and problem solve, using a method we will teach called the engineering design process.


Though the registration fee is $700 for the 9-12th grade institute and $350 each for the 7th and 8th grade institutes, scholarship money is available and you are encouraged to apply (this is part of the online application).  Transportation assistance will be provided for those in need in Davidson County (TN).