GE Girls @ Notre Dame summer camp introduces middle-schoolers to fun in STEM activities

by William G. Gilroy

Middle schoolers make their own lip balm at the 2014 GE GIrls @ ND camp Middle schoolers make their own lip balm at the 2014 GE GIrls @ ND camp

Local sixth- through ninth-grade girls will spend a week on the University of Notre Dame campus beginning Monday (July 13) building a bridge, using 3-D printing, designing and building a hovercraft and other activities as part of the second GE Girls @ Notre Dame summer camp.

The day camp, which takes place at eight college campuses throughout the country, is designed to introduce middle-school girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in science and technology. The event is sponsored by GE and put on in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame and Women’s Network of Chicago.

Forty-four girls from South Bend Community School Corp.’s Brown, Navarre, Jefferson and Jackson intermediate schools are expected to participate in the camp. Workshops are led by GE personnel and Notre Dame faculty offered under each day’s “theme,” including construction/civil engineering, programming, electrical and physics, aerospace/aviation, and chemistry.

Contact: Victoria Goodrich, Notre Dame engineering, 574-631-1220, v.goodrich@nd.edu