2015 Girls in Science Camp summary

Girls in Science

In August 2015, Green Street hosted its second Girls in Science Summer Camp with 16 young campers. Green Street education staff, biology professor Ruth Johnson, chemistry professor Erika Taylor, and physics professor Christina Othon designed the program. It was important for us to have the girls do real science and to expose them to a variety of careers in science along the way. We also worked with Green Street teaching artist Meredith Arcari to use art projects to reinforce science concepts – like the parts of a bacterial cell or symmetry and measurement.

We learned about insects, life cycles, bacteria, DNA mutations, states of matter, non-Newtonian solids, light, and more. The girls learned how to use scientific tools like lab notebooks, pipets, lots of measurement instruments, and microscopes. The girls set up experiments involving fruit fly diets and bacterial transformation of DNA. We spent a day in the science laboratories on the Wesleyan campus and had lunch with visiting scientists and engineers.

We had 16 campers in Grades 4 - 6 join us, some with full scholarships thanks to a generous grant from the Petit Family Foundation. Some of them came in already excited about science, others were a bit quiet at first. By the end of the week, all of them were ready to look into science jobs when they grew up.

Wesleyan ran a great article on the camp with lots of wonderful photos.

Our Wesleyan student mentors wrote a blog series sharing their reflections on the camp. You can find those stories at these links:

Why I Wanted to Be a Part of the Camp 

Draw a Scientist Revelation 

Before and After 

No Limits 

What I Learned

We hope to run the Girls in Science Camp annually. Help bring science to life for a child! Contact Green Street if you’re interested in your child attending or if you’re interested in sponsoring a young girl for a future camp who may not be able to otherwise afford to attend.