Spots remain in girls STEM summer camp at Ivy Tech Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. – It’s not too late to sign up for “Gearing Up Girls for STEM,” a new summer camp being offered in June at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo. Two sessions of the two-day camp will be aimed at middle school girls interested in expanding their knowledge, having some fun, and learning about the expanding prospects for women in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math.

Presented by Ivy Tech, in partnership with the FCA US Transmission & Casting Women’s Group, the camp will introduce participants to a wide range of STEM opportunities through hands-on experiences in physics, biochemistry, engineering, biology, aerodynamics, advanced manufacturing, and virtual reality. Students will participate in activities ranging from hardness testing to polymers, density and emulsification to velocity and trajectory, sound and sound waves to batteries and circuits.

The camp is open to girls going into the sixth to eighth grades and will be offered June 4 and 5 or June 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology building at 1942 E. North St. Cost is $20 per student and registration is open by contacting Susan Turrill at sturrill@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5497.

Members of the Transmission & Casting Women’s Group designed the camp’s curriculum and will join Ivy Tech faculty for the two-day sessions. The Women’s Group includes FCA US employees at all levels and specialties including executives, engineers, managers, human resources representatives, and hourly workers, all of whom are committed to expanding opportunities for women in the manufacturing industry. Representatives of the UAW Women’s Group also are supporting the project.

“Our desire is to offer middle school girls exposure to opportunities in STEM,” said Tanya Foutch, Quality Engineering Group Lead for Assembly at FCA US. “We need to bring more women to the STEM table.  We do this by starting at an early age through hands-on activities to gain experience to these career options. In terms of the future of technology, the door is wide open and women have a different perspective that adds value and insight.”

This effort comes at a time when the issue of workforce development is at the forefront of economic development discussions in Indiana.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo