Geek Girl & STEAM Camp for Guys- Summer 2016
Get ready....Geek Girl Camp will take place from 7/25-7/29 during Summer 2016. 48 girls in entering grades 3-5 will spend the week geeking out and doing all kinds of cool science, technology, engineering and math projects!
STEAM Camp for Guys will take place from 8/8-8/12 during summer 2016. Guys in grades 6-8 will get to do all sorts of fun, hands on activities around science, tech, engineering, art and math topics!
Registration started on April 25th - don't miss out!
Girls entering grades 6 and up, and boys in grades 9+ will have the opportunity to apply to be a Counselors-in-Training (CITs). This is a selective, leadership position. CITs must fill out the application/essay questions and return it by May 20th, at which point we will conduct interviews. When the interview process is complete, we will notify each applicant as to whether or not he/she has been accepted. We will request payment at that time.
Geek Girl Day - Spring 2015
On February 16th, 2015, we held our second installment of Geek Girl Camp! View the photos!
60 girls came together for a day of geeking out. Like a Harry Potter "House Cup" tournament, each girl was part of a "house" named after a famous female in STEM. The girls completed activities to earn points towards the Geek Girl House Cup!
- Talking to inspiring women in STEM fields, including a mathmatician, a physicist and a bioengineer!
- Doing cool chemistry experiments in Potions class
- Learning about physics and engineering through a Quidditch Catapult Challenge
- Making our own floating maglev trains, like the Hogwarts Express!
- Learning how to "Lumos" in our Glow-in-the-Dark chemistry activity
Congratulations to our winners for the day, Team Curie!
Geek Girl Camp 2014
We had an awesome time during Geek Girl Camp! From July 28th-August 1st, we had 44 girls in grades 3-5 join us each day from 10 AM-3 PM to get excited about science, technology, engineering, math, and generally geeking out!
Our first day of Geek Girl Camp was amazing! Our 44 girls divided into 4 groups, where they made new friends and got to know about each other. Here's how the day went:
10-11 AM: Camp rules; Meet the Team Leaders; "About Me" icebreaker activity; trivia and science games
11-12: Fractals lesson and scavenger hunt; fractal building activity with marshmallows and toothpicks
12:30-1 PM: Q&A with Laura Coberly, from SUNY ESF, a researcher on human dependence on mangroves and reforestation in Senegal
1-2 PM: Bristlebots activity
2-2:30 PM: Skype call with Karina Lewis-Martinez, a scientist who works in the immunochemistry department of a pharmaceutical research company
2:30-3 PM: Peeps chemistry experiment and intro to scientific method
Tuesday was super fun! We focused on computer programming and circuits. Here's how we spent our time:
10-11 AM: Watched She++ documentary, about women computer programmers. Lena Levine, a web developer from Girl Develop IT, spoke to us and led us through a programming demo - teaching us how to program her to button her shirt!
12:30-1 PM: Lunch
1-1:30 PM: Met Dori Farah and Mackenzie, from SU's iSchool. Played beachball game with technology questions
1:30-2: Learned how to program using Scratch
2-3: Worked on our Scratch projects; shared our progress
Every day just keeps getting better and better! On Wednesday, we focused mostly on physics. We built things, launched things, and used a lot of trial and error until we got things right! Here's what we did:
10-10:45: Amelia Hritz, our guest speaker from Cornell, talked to us about the science of psychology and how this psychology is used in the field of law
10:45-12: Learned about physics concepts such as gravity, force, projectiles, parabolas, and more! Went outside and launched many items on our trebuchet. We used the scientific method, making predictions about how far various items would go, then tested them out and measured the results. We even launched water balloons at our camp counselors!
12:30-1: Guest speaker - Kate Brodock, president of Girls in Tech
1-2:30 PM: Marble run challenge- Worked with our teams to make a marble start at one point and end in a tiny Dixie cup, using only scissors, tape, cardboard tubes and PVC pipe!
2:30-3 PM: Mini cataput challenge- Worked with our teams to make catapults that would launch our pom-pom projectiles into the other teams' quadrants!