Girls get a jump on the future

Apr 8, 2004

Kettering's pre-college programs for girls in junior and senior high school give girls a jump on their future and a taste of engineering careers.

Women of the 21st Century can get a jump on technology at Kettering University this summer. Girls in 7th through 11th grades have a chance to explore computers, engineering principles, chemistry, robotics, mathematics and plastics in a fun way, at two summer enrichment programs in July and August.

Both pre-college programs are designed to show girls that science, engineering and mathematics can be exciting, fun and rewarding.

Girls in 7th & 8th grades (in Fall 2004) can attend one of two sessions of Kamp Kettering, Aug. 2 to 6 or Aug. 9 to 13, on the campus of Kettering University. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, girls will participate in hands-on experiments in Kettering labs and work with computers. In addition, girls will get to meet and talk with professional women for a first-hand look at careers in science, math and engineering.

Kamp Kettering costs $100 and includes instruction fees, supplies, equipment, field trips and lunch. Scholarships are available. The application deadline is April 15, 2004. No previous experience in computers, chemistry, physics or engineering is required to participate.

Girls in 9th through 12th grades (in Fall 2004) will expand on the Kamp Kettering model in the 21st Century Woman program July 19 to 30, with more challenging hands-on experiments in laboratories and with computers, field trips and professional career panels.

The 21st Century Woman program costs $200 and includes instruction fees, supplies, equipment, field trips and lunch. Scholarships are available. The application deadline is April 15, 2004. No previous experience in computers, chemistry, physics or engineering is required to participate.

For more information about these programs for girls, contact Virginia Hill, coordinator of Kettering's Pre-College Programs, at 762-9873.

Kamp Kettering and the 21st Century Woman program are sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Women's Resource Center at Kettering University, and the Genesee Area Math and Science Technology Program.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu