Jet engines and DNA extraction

Aug 4, 2005

Keeping girls interested in science and math long enough to consider them as careers is the focus of Kamp Kettering, a pre-college program for junior high school girls.

Revving jet engines and learning how to extract DNA from plant and animal tissues are just two of the "fun" things that 26 girls entering grades 7 and 8 had a chance to do during Kamp Kettering.

Kamp Kettering is a pre-college program that includes one week in the summer and follow-up year-round activities on campus.

In addition to jet engines and DNA sampling, participants learned about computer modeling software and how it is used in engineering, fuel cell technology and the physics of musical instruments.

"Young women are underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. Kamp Kettering, with the support of our community sponsors, opens up a world of career opportunities to girls in the Flint area," said Betsy Homsher, associate dean of Students and director of Women Student Affairs.

Kamp Kettering is one of several Kettering pre-college programs aimed at involving middle and high school students in math, science and engineering activities through labs and projects. The program is conducted by Kettering faculty members with students serving as mentors. The goal is to encourage girls to consider science and engineering as academic and career options. There will be two Kamp Kettering summer sessions, Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12. Follow-up activities will be offered on Saturdays scheduled through the school year.

This year's participants included:
Morgan Blue, of Flint

Shirley Booker, of Mt. Morris
Amy Cameron, of Flint
Christian Conyers, of Flint
Hannah Dennings, of Montrose
Meredith Hackett, of Grand Blanc
Rachel Hall, of Mt. Morris
Re'Keya Hardin, of Flint
Mytekeya Johnson, of Mt. Morris
Raquisha McQueen, of Flint
Chelsea Martin, of Flushing
Rahel Medhanie, of Flint
Anicia Mirchandani, of Grand Blanc
Amanda Mroczek, of Grand Rapids
Hannah Murdock, ofGrand Blanc
Lisa Nagy, of Gayle, Ill.
Kelsey Schempf, of Clio
Jerrica Stokes, of Davison
Bhanu Swamy, of Holly
Shanterya Thompson, of Flint
Brittany Truss, of Flint
Angella Walker, of Montrose
Alexis Watkins, of Flint
Brooke Watts, of Mt. Morris
Taelor Webb, of Imlay City
Tiphanie Williams, of Mt. Morris

Funding for Kamp Kettering in 2005 included $4,000 from the Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Flint and $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Greater Flint Sunrise.

Written by Dawn Hibbard