In Spring 2014, a pilot program was launched at Horton Middle School targeting 5th- 7th grade female students to generate interest in the subjects of STEM. Monthly STEM Saturdays were offered featuring a variety of experiences.
In April 2014, 40 female students attended the UNC Morehead Stemville Symposium. The girls experienced high interest, hands-on STEM activities at UNC Morehead facilities. In May 2014, 5th-7th grade girls were introduced to the subjects of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering when Techsplorers visited Horton Middle School. Techsplorers brought a team of engineers and lawnmower engines to inspire and engage girls in STEM learning, ultimately leading them towards the discovery that STEM subjects can be fun, exciting and very useful in their lives.
The culminating event was a 5-day “Minds-On” summer camp offered to 5th-7th grade female students in June 2014. UNC Morehead partnered with the Osman Foundation to create a STEM-filled curriculum for Horton middle school girls. Activities included: The Ick Factor led by UNC Morehead, Cooking from Scratch, The Rocket Launch, Solar Cars, Zip Line Calculations, Canvas Art, Drumming Circle, Batik T-shirt Design, and so much more. The Biogen Idec Foundation Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund of Triangle Community Foundation helped support the Chatham Girls 4 STEM summer camp. (www.trianglecf.org)