CTWA and Ivy Tech offering virtual STEM camp for area high school girls

Last Updated on May 27, 2021 by Ivy Tech Community College

KOKOMO, Ind. – In their fourth year of offering activities aimed at expanding knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Casting & Transmission Women’s Alliance (CTWA) and Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo are planning a virtual STEM camp for area high school girls in June. The program is open to young women entering grades 9 to 12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

“Through planning and lab experiments, high school-aged young women will explore the STEM fields of robotics, mathematics, engineering, biological and physical sciences, and medicine as they envision life aboard a space station,” said Ethan Heicher, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Kokomo. “It is going to be a rewarding and enjoyable educational experience.”

Tanya Foutch, a quality engineering group lead for assembly at Stellantis, formerly FCA, in Kokomo, is a member of the CTWA, the group that created the first Gearing Up Girls for STEM summer camp in 2018. She said she is glad the camp will continue to offer hands-on STEM activities to young women in the area.

“Our camps have been very successful in helping to introduce young girls to STEM careers.  This high school camp was developed in response to the girls asking what they were supposed to do after middle school,” Foutch said. “With a new curriculum developed in partnership with Ivy Tech, we think the 2021 edition will be a fun and engaging opportunity for the participants going to the next level.”

The virtual camp is set for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, and is open to girls entering grades 9 to 12 in Howard, Tipton, Miami, Grant, Clinton, Carroll, and Cass counties. The number of participants is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come/first served basis. The cost of $50 per student covers supplies and t-shirts; scholarships are available. To register, contact Susan Turrill at Ivy Tech by email at sturrill@ivytech.edu or by calling 765-252-5497.

The Casting & Transmission Women’s Alliance is made up of Stellantis employees at all levels and specialties including executives, engineers, managers, and human resources representatives, all of whom are committed to expanding opportunities for women in the manufacturing industry. Representatives of the UAW Women’s Group are also assisting in the project. The camp is supported by the FCA Foundation.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College