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June 18, 2014

Summer camps for middle and high school students to teach science, technology, engineering, math

Submitted by Chardie Baird

K-State's Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering is hosting two camps for middle school and high school students through June 20 on the Manhattan campus.

The office sponsors outreach programs to foster the interest and professional development of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields, and thereby enhancing the diversity and efficacy of the fields universally.

During the summer camp, the students participate in hands-on STEM activities designed and facilitated by the university's faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in STEM disciplines.

The Girls Researching Our World, or GROW camp, which hosts middle school students, exposes participants to a wide variety of STEM disciplines. This year, the workshops include agronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, geology, plant pathology, mechanical engineering and psychological sciences.

The Exploring Science, Technology, and Engineering, or EXCITE camp, which hosts high school students, provides participants with focused and in-depth experiences in a track. This year's tracks are titled "Small Things Make a Big Difference" and "The Living World Around Us." In "Small Things Make a Big Difference" students will learn about field emission scanning electron microscopy and electronic data systems analysis, sustainable energy, nanoengineering and concrete. In "The Living World Around Us" students will learn about viruses, crop improvement, vegetable oil and plant form.