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From programming lessons and building robot structures to team building activities and lunch with female role models the Project Splash camp held August 4-8, 2014 in Seattle, WA was a busy week!
Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area attended a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World."
Hosted by the UW Summer Youth Program, supported by Boeing, and taught by instructors with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, this camp is part of a larger national initiative designed to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the WaterBotics curriculum.
Working in teams of four, girls built underwater LEGO robots and completed various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects. The girls visited a nearby university lab which builds underwater robots for remote ocean exploration. Mentors from Boeing, Microsoft, and LiveStories spoke to the girls throughout the week. During a final showcase for parents and friends they demonstrated their engineering accomplishments and shared lessons learned about team work and communication.
This summer the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) is partnering with the UW Summer Youth Program to offer its second annual Project Splash camp. Project Splash is an innovative, underwater robotics program for high school girls (entering 9th–12th grades).
Creativity and confidence thrive throughout this five-day camp. Girls create a community with like-minded friends as they explore engineering and programming activities. They take the lead, persevere through challenges, and learn and grow in teams. Project Splash challenges girls to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGO and other components. Throughout the week, participants will progress through a series of "missions" that culminate with amazing final designs.
Watch this video to learn more about the impact of Project Splash camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Are you a graduate student or professional with experience in mentoring, programming, science, engineering, or robotics? Email Nimisha at email@example.com to learn how you can be a camp mentor this summer (volunteer and positions with a small stipend are available).
Throughout the month of March, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) celebrated Women’s History Month by featuring a different STEM field each week and highlighting women who have made or are currently making a significant impact in that field.
We kicked things off by celebrating Women in Aviation for the first week and featured one of the most famous women in aviation, Amelia Earhart. We also featured FabFem and helicopter pilot, Stacy Sheard, and the first woman airplane designer E. Lillian Todd. In addition to highlighting women in STEM, we honored NGCP partners and supporters that are working to support the next generation of women in these STEM fields. The Museum of Flight is a partner that works to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers through their innovative air and space exhibits, programs, and events. For Women’s History Month they offered opportunities for girls to experience their first flight through the Fly it Forward program!
You can revisit all of the women, resources, and partners that we featured throughout the month by visiting our e-newsletter archive. The other STEM fields that we celebrated were Women in Energy & Climate Change, Women in the Maker Community, and Women in Earth & Space Science.
The National Girls Collaborative Project is proud to be an official partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 24-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo will host over 250,000 K-12 students and parents, over 5,000 teachers and over 3,000 STEM professionals, and will be the largest celebration of STEM! The festival is free and is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery.
NGCP is hosting a Girl Zone at the festival where a number of programs will be leading hands on activities that engage girls in STEM, including SciGirls, Girlstart, Expand Your Horizons, PCS Edventures, FabFems, and GAMES.
New this year: The Festival is hosting the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, bringing in 2,500 STEM professionals from across the country and several science teacher associations including in thousands of teachers!
For more information, visit www.usasciencefestival.org.