Registration is under way for Project Discovery, a residential summer camp at the University of Kansas for girls entering ninth through 12th grade.
The weeklong engineering camp offers two separate sessions, one each in June and July, that let girls learn more about engineering and computer science and the career opportunities waiting for them. Students spend time in class and get to interact with faculty in a no-pressure setting. Part of the day is spent in laboratories completing hands-on projects. The week includes presentations from engineers in the work place and trips to area plants such as the Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant. The students also have time for fun with additional group activities planned in the evenings. At the end of the session, the students prepare a presentation about what they've learned for their families and the faculty.
"Women have amazing opportunities before them in engineering and computer science," said Florence Boldridge, director of Diversity Programs at the KU School of Engineering. "The first step is to make sure high school girls learn how rewarding — personally and professionally — these career fields are."
Session 1 will be June 10 to June 16 and students can choose to focus on aerospace engineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, or electrical engineering and computer science. Registration deadline is June 1.
Session 2 will be July 8 to July 14 and students can choose to focus on architectural engineering, biomechanical engineering, or civil and environmental engineering. Registration deadline is June 29.
The cost for each session is $350 and includes all materials, lab supplies, meals and lodging in a KU residence hall. Space is limited. Each session can enroll as many as 40 girls. Some financial assistance is available for students who qualify for National School Lunch Program benefits.
To get more information about the camp or to get an enrollment packet, please contact Boldridge at (785) 864-3620.