STEM Summer Institute – For Teachers
Do you teach 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade girls? Are some of these girls interested in helping others – perhaps even in a global context? Do they like to solve problems? Are they excited to use their hands to create something? Then perhaps the STEM Summer Institute is for these girls you have in mind. This summer the Lwala Community Alliance has "hired" the participants to improve the lives of Kenyan people by designing a fish farm or designing an oven for making corn muffins. 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 this task. 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 and12th grade girls June 10-21, 2013. All participants must attend a school - public, private or parochial - in Davidson County, Tennessee.
Application packets for Rising 9th and 10th Grade Girls and Rising 11th and 12th Grade Girls are due March 7, 2013. Please note that participants do not have to excel in their 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 $300, scholarship money is available and families are encouraged to apply. Transportation assistance will be provided for those in need.
Please contact Dr. Klein-Gardner if you would like her to visit your school to meet with interested girls during the school day.