We’re so excited that we were were supported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to run an person event! We are running a small version of our Girls SURGE Into STEM In-Person Camp at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during the first two weeks of June, 2022. Lunch and Snacks will be provided each day.
- Monday, June 6 - Thursday, June 9, 10 am - 2 PM for High School Girls.
- Monday, June 13 - Thursday, June 16, 10 am - 2 PM for Middle School Girls.
Our outreach is to underrepresented young women in the 6-12 grade in the Fort Worth area. We have 10 spaces each week in the camp, how might we share this with your students? The “Girls SURGE into STEM XR Camp” would be held at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. We will recruit young women from underrepresented groups to introduce them to emerging technology tools used for STEM education. We will introduce them to STEM careers with daily meetings with diverse STEM professionals from partnered businesses and academics in Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, Computer Science, and Engineering.
Students will learn and apply transferable skills: design thinking, user experience (UX) testing, and prototyping. Students critically evaluate commercial augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) tools used to teach STEM content. Young women in this project will shift their perspective of what scientists look like and be empowered to share and create STEM content they can use to educate and empower others. High school girls who participate this summer will be invited to come back as mentors next summer.
We will recruit students from our university partner, Sanger ISD, and students on the Fort Worth Museum of Science mailing list, but will give priority to students from the Fort Worth Young Women’s Leadership academy. Student applications will include demographic information, school information, a brief essay of interest, and parent signatures to ensure consent.
Last year, our pilot program was very successful and we look forward to introducing more young women into STEM careers and exploration of Virtual Reality, Design Thinking, and User Experience Testing this summer.