4G STEM Camp - Peoria County
Date:Mon, 6/25/2018 - Fri, 6/29/2018
Time:8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Event Type:Summer Camp
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Have you wondered what it would be like to work in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) field in the Greater Peoria area? Women leaders in Peoria's manufacturing, technology, and education sectors are working together to coordinate the fifth annual 4G (Girl + Games + Gadgets = Genius) STEM Camp to be held at Bradley University. 4G STEM Camp for Girls is a weeklong day camp for girls entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and is aimed at overcoming barriers for girls getting involved with STEM. Partners include University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Bradley University Center for STEM Education, and Greater Peoria EDC. This is one of the many positive youth development opportunities offered within the 4-H program.
The best opportunity to quickly grow the STEM workforce is to increase the percentage of women and girls entering the STEM education pipeline. Studies show the middle school years are particularly important in the formation of career goals. Experiences and memories forged in middle school have the potential to motivate and structure the high school and college years ahead. A middle schooler with a strong sense of commitment and direction has the opportunity to take the classes and earn the grades to enter college in the STEM major of their choice.
The camp is designed around site visits to Peoria area businesses, including Jump Simulation and Education Center, Caterpillar, CSE Software, and Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, University of Illinois-Springfield. Successful women working in STEM careers will provide an orientation to their work, including the skills, technologies, and strategies used to excel in their jobs. Girls will also engage in activities that demonstrate what it would be like to be in these STEM career fields, as well as learn the skills that will be essential to their future employment. Camp experiences ignite a spark of possibility within the girls and help open their minds to creative and fulfilling careers in central Illinois.
Overarching goals for 4G STEM Camp
- Youth understand STEM career opportunities that exist in central Illinois.
- Youth develop an interest in STEM and STEM learning activities.
- Youth develop knowledge and skills needed to actively engage in STEM learning activities.
- Youth understand how they can use STEM to solve everyday problems.
Registration: Online registration form