The University of Kentucky is a partner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) – and we are seeking volunteers to help out with an initiative led by the Bluegrass chapter: a Tech Savvy camp for middle school girls on May 17th hosted by Kentucky State University in Frankfort. (See more at their website: http://bluegrass-ky.aauw.net/ky-tech-savvy.) Please consider volunteering yourself – or encouraging a UK student to volunteer. The student might want to consider using EXP 396 to get credit for the work undertaken before, during and after the camp as a learning experience in extra-curricular efforts like this in STEM-related college and career readiness programming.
The AAUW Bluegrass chapter’s Tech Savvy is inviting girls in sixth through ninth grade to sample STEM fields led by sessions with women who are successfully working in these areas along with a parallel program for parents, teachers and other adults involved with the girls’ lives. Sessions include Bugging Out over Water Quality, Airplane Building Blocks from A to Z, DNA Testing, Traveling Electrons, What’s a Statapult and How Do I Use it?, What Charges Your iPhone?, A Taste of Python Programming: Disease Epidemic and Food Mapping. Tech Savvy’s track for adults includes information on paying for college, helping with homework and other practical areas of advancing the girls’ educations, particularly in STEM fields. Instructors include women who hail from Alltech, Toyota USA, Lockheed Martin and more.
Tamara Brown, who created the program of fun and relevant approaches to STEM and will attend on May 17, knows that girls often need encouragement to consider careers in these areas which may be perceived as lacking in service to others. According to a press release from AAUW, Brown said: “We want to show the girls that STEM education and careers can foster good things, whether it’s societal good or environmental good.” President Barack Obama honored Brown as one of “12 Champions of Change” in 2012.
Registration is open now and the deadline for the youth and their parents to sign up is May 3rd. So please hurry and volunteer today – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.