The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) are hoping a new summer camp will help more young women become interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields. GE Girls at ND will begin next week and feature lessons on topics ranging from aviation to 3-D printing.
July 3, 2014
South Bend, Ind. — During the week of July 7-11, 30 girls from grades seven and eight at Brown, Jefferson and Jackson intermediate centers will participate in the first GE Girls at ND summer camp on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The weeklong day camp will give the girls an introduction to STEM by featuring hands-on science and engineering lessons on various topics including 3-D printing, electrical engineering, aviation, construction, physics, chemistry and programming.
In the spring, students applied for one of 30 open spots for the program. GE is providing for their tuition and transportation. In addition to giving girls a hands-on look at STEM activities, the GE Girls summer camps initiates mentoring relationships between women in STEM careers and the students.
Students will spend each day on campus from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. learning from women in STEM including educators, Notre Dame students and GE employees. During the week, the girls will build and launch rockets, use gears and pulleys to build a motorized LEGO car, learn how to make electrical circuits and solder, and explore chemistry by making their own lip gloss. The elementary students will also get to tour campus and the state-of-the-art Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering facilities. The campers will be celebrating with their families and teachers at a barbeque at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Jordan Hall of Science.
The GE Girls at ND camp is the first to be held at Notre Dame. GE plans to establish the camp as an annual learning experience for local elementary school girls.
What: GE Girls at ND summer STEM camp
When: 8 am to 3:30 p.m., Monday, July 7, through Friday, July 11
Who: Seventh- and eighth-grade girls from the South Bend Community School Corp., GE employees, Notre Dame educators and students
Where: Most classes will take place in the Jordan Hall of Engineering on campus. Students will spend most of their time outside, weather permitting.