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ERIC Number: EJ773143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Science Camp: Just for the Girls
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v26 n45 p26-28 Aug 2007
Research shows that girls tend to lose interest in science and math as they move through the education pipeline--a retreat that often begins during middle school. Summer science camps can be part of reversing that trend, some say. Academic camps are on the rise across the country, including ones to get adolescent girls excited about the exploration of science. Officials at University of North Texas (UNT), which is based in the north Dallas suburb of Denton, staged their first science camp for girls two years ago, organizing it around robotics, a topic they believe research suggests can attract new female students to science and engineering. This summer UNT officials added a three-day camp called "Eng-inuity!" devoted to design and engineering. The camp was held July 18-20 on the university's campus in south Dallas, a mostly working-class area. UNT sought to recruit campers from the surrounding community, including minority girls from neighborhoods in that part of the city. David M. Keathly, a lecturer and adviser in UNT's computer science and engineering department who helps run the camps, believes that science and math, when made fun through relevant activities and projects, can appeal to young women--a belief shared by many experts and advocates. As it now stands, many girls are put off by the false perception that science careers require hours of boring, isolated work, with little opportunity for interacting with others, camp officials say.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas