During the week of July 17th, 28 DAMS girls attended the District’s first Girl’s Go! STEM Camp. The camp was made possible through a grant written by Judi Walsh, School Counselor and Program Coordinator for College and Career Readiness, encouraging middle school girls to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related courses and careers.
The camp focused on three areas of the STEM field: robotics, biomedical science and computer science. The girls built and tested robots, solved a criminal case using forensic science, and created computer applications to be used on tablets. Each area was taught by DASD educators including Erica Malo, Sarah Shagam, Christine Rybak, Judi Walsh, Dave Matthews, Bill Jameson and Alan Ligocki.
In addition, the girls participated in team building activities led by Liza Hahn and Corinne Truxal. On the final day, girls presented their research project about a female in a STEM-related career. In addition, Erica Malo (PhD – University of Wisconsin- Madison) and Megan Georgeson (Civil Engineering major at UW-Platteville) talked about their work in STEM fields. Camp participants gave family members an overview of the projects they created throughout the week.
The girls were also introduced to the Project Lead The Way courses that have been implemented at DeForest Area High School. Each of the three camp areas focused on one of the many career pathways available to study at both the middle school and the high school. According to Judi Walsh, “For our first STEM Camp, it was a huge success. The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and we hope that there will be more camps and STEM activities in the future for all of our students. The staff did a great job of showing these girls how many opportunities there are and how exciting STEM careers can be.”