Grant supports engineering program for girls

Jul 15, 2004

A pre-college engineering program for junior high school-aged girls got a boost from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has authorized a grant of $5,000 from the Dorothy M. Reynolds Endowment Fund to support Kamp Kettering, a pre-college engineering program for junior high school-aged girls. The grant was approved by the Foundation's Flint Women and Girls Fund.

Kamp Kettering is a year long program for girls in grades 7 and 8, promoting science and technology as academic and career choices for young women. Program participants take part in classroom activities, perform experiments, work on technological equipment and participate in career-based field trips. In addition, women working as engineers, researchers and scientists share their professional experiences in a career forum.

All Kamp Kettering classes are taught by full-time Kettering University faculty. Participants are also assisted by program mentors.

In workshops such as "Science Crime Busters," the girls learn about the various forms of scientific study. Edith Withey, associate dean of student affairs and coordinator of Kamp Kettering, said the junior high-targeted program developed out of the University's high school pre-college program, 21st Century Woman.

"I realized that we have to reach girls at an even younger age," Withey said. "Research shows that by the eighth and ninth grades, most girls will not pursue higher-level math and science courses unless they're inspired or excited about the subject. I'm concerned about youth having positive opportunities opened for them so they can make positive choices."

For more information about Kamp Kettering contact Withey at 810-762-9881 or via e-mail at ewithey@kettering.edu.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves Genesee County and portions of neighboring counties. The Foundation manages endowments totaling over $95 million in 295 funds for a wide range of charitable purposes.

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