Leader in STEM Education Expands 9th & 10th Grade Girls’ Career Aspirations
RANDOLPH -- June 22-26, 2015. Vermont Tech held its first brand new Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Camp -- five days/four nights -- for sixteen Vermont girls entering 9th and 10th grades in the fall. The camp helps build strong, powerful, confident young women through hands-on exploration of STEM and trade activities such as civil and environmental engineering, construction, chemistry, fire science, computer information systems, plus leadership skills and career exploration.
Girls who participated in Vermont Tech’s Rosie’s Girls now join a year-long mentoring program where they are paired with adult women in STEM. Their mentors will nurture their interest and exploration through structured opportunities and regular contact throughout the school year.
The STEM leadership camp had overwhelming interest from triple the amount of spaces available for girls around the state; even girls from other states applied.
The camp program is a partnership with Vermont Works for Women (VWW) to share resources and expertise across both organizations to broaden girls’ career exposure to STEM/trades careers. Vermont Tech Rosie’s Girls participants created “Bridge Showcases” to present results at their sending schools and/or former elementary schools. Their team websites, including photos and project overviews, can be found at http://www.vtc.edu/rosies-girls-stem-leadership-camp-2015.
The Bridge Showcases will be displayed at the annual fall (October 15th) Women Can Do (VWW) event at Vermont Tech. As validation of the effectiveness of the camp, in their evaluations, 87% of participants suggested that the experience made them more likely to pursue a STEM or trade career. “I work hard in math and science but I still have anxiety about my ability to do them. This camp helped me build confidence as well as helped me gain experience using STEM in projects and activities,” noted a camper in her evaluation.
Sending schools included Brattleboro High School, Burlington High School, CVU, Hartford High School, Harwood Union High School, Lamoille High School, Mt Mansfield High School, South Burlington High School, U-32, Vergennes Union High School, and Woodstock Union High School.
Vermont Tech’s Rosie’s Girls Leadership Program is made possible through a Vermont educational grant and the post-camp mentorship program is made possible by a grant from the McClure Foundation.
About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is a leading public college with a mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at five nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region. For more information about Vermont Tech, please visit www.vtc.edu.
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