This June, a small group of motivated middle school girls experienced a unique opportunity in Glacier, developing life-long skills in leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Together in a special partnership, Glacier National Park and the Glacier Institute developed this brand new camp for 6th-8th grade girls interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math – “STEAM” for short.
During the 4-day overnight camp, participants interacted with park staff, U.S. Geological Survey staff, and the Glacier Institute’s team to learn about Glacier’s changing landscapes. Thanks to generous support from the Thomas O. Brown Foundation, room & board, meals, and transportation during the camp were provided at no cost for participants.
Fostering The Next Generation of Leaders
Research shows that women represent less than 30% of the workforce in science, engineering, math, and technology-related jobs. According to Girls Who Code, a high percentage of middle school girls express interest in STEM subjects, but by high school, that percentage significantly drops. This is especially true for subjects like engineering and technology.
Glacier’s STEAM Mini-Camp introduces young women to role models and mentors in science, inspiring them to be leaders in these fields someday. The program allows participants to ask questions, solve problems, and make informed decisions. Melissa Sladek, Science Communication Specialist for Glacier’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, comments on the promise of the program:
“The STEAM Mini-Camp will instill confidence in STEM subjects as well as allow these young women to become leaders in thinking about and working toward solving complex issues affecting our world.”
The STEAM Camp participants learned about forests and fires during a nature trail hike in Glacier National Park. Other activities throughout the camp’s duration included repeat photography lessons, evaluating change in glaciers, and stream monitoring and surveying.
The girls attended the Women In Science Career Fair to learn about job opportunities in science and related fields. They also participated in team building exercises, and gave final presenations at the conclusion of camp.
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This project and many other critical projects would not be possible without your donations to the Glacier Conservancy.
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