There are way fewer women than men in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some organizations are doing their best to level the playing field by offering summer STEM programs — just for girls.
Camp GADgET at Triton College. Camp GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology) is a two-week summer program at Triton College in River Grove for girls 10-14. The Camp GADgET will be held July 16-26, with no classes on Friday, and is designed to empower and create an interest in engineering technology among girls. Students will learn about the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects and site visits to manufacturing facilities. CAD, entrepreneurship skills, academic requirements for 21st-century manufacturing careers, and teamwork skills are covered. The cost is $275, but scholarship money is available. Find out more, including how to apply, at the Camp GADgET website.
Girls 4 Science. Girls 4 Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago who are 10-18 years old to science, technology, engineering. and math. The program focuses on developing skills, self-esteem, opportunity awareness, and relationship building that will help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in STEM careers. Registration is now open for its free six-week summer program that runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from July 7 through August 11 at Malcolm X Community College and two other locations. More information and applications are available at the Girls 4 Science website.