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Summer Fun with "Minds for Design"

“Minds for Design” Offers Summer Learning at UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering

Girls 11 through 17 will have the opportunity to design their own products.

(July 10, 2007)

Girls enjoy coming up with new inventions at Enlarge

Girls enjoy coming up with new inventions at "Minds for Design"

RIVERSIDE, Calif ( -- The Bourns College of Engineering and Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council are offering a two-week summer day camp and a one week resident camp in July and August designed to introduce girls to the world of engineering.

Both camps are open to girls ages 11 through 17 and both include a trip to see the behind the scene action at Disney’s California Adventure to see how physics apply to amusement park rides and how to prepare for a job as a ride designer.

The “Minds for Design” day camp lasts from Monday through Friday, July 30 to August 10. It is open to girls ages 11 through 16. Registration fees are $125 per person. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify. Also, the program is offering 10 scholarships to daughters of staff and faculty at UC Riverside.

The “Engineer IT Girls” resident camp lasts from July 22 to July 27, 2007. It is open to girls ages 12 through 17. Registration fees are $375 per person. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.

Participants learn how the process of engineering works by conceptualizing and creating projects of their own design. Through hands-on activities, field trips to engineering firms, guest speakers, and professional mentoring, the girls have an opportunity to learn first-hand what it would be like to work in the field of engineering.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of women engineering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, said Sharon Walker, an assistant professor of Engineering at UC Riverside and one of the mentors in the program.

“Minds for Design and Engineer IT Girls provide an inspirational environment,” Walker said. “Mentors guide the girls through hands-on, inquiry based activities. The girls feel free to take risks, ask questions and learn by trial and error.”

The program is designed to increase their knowledge of science and engineering and strengthen critical thinking skills. By the program’s end the girls “think like an engineer” and become inspired to continue taking math and science courses and potentially pursue careers in STEM fields. All activities take place in lab, classroom, and residence halls UC Riverside.

Summer 2007 Program Dates

Minds for Design — Day Camp — July 30 to August 10, 2007
Engineer IT Girls — Resident Camp — July 22 to July 27, 2007

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