MaQS (Mathematics, the
Queen of Sciences), A Summer Commuter Math and Science Camp
June 4-7, 2012, 9am-4pm;
June 8, 2012, 9am - noon, at Troy University Dothan Campus, AL.
Follow-up meeting - September 28, 2012 (9am-noon).
by Troy University and a grant from
Association of America Tensor Foundation.
for more pictures.
The following are the articles copied from media
Here is a story that ran on Fox News with the title "TROY Dothan hosts math and science camp for girls":
Here is a link for an article about our Summer Commuter Math and
Science Camp in Dothan Eagle:
Thursday, May 3, 2012|
Girls' math camp aims to break barriers
By: Jim Cook | Dothan Eagle
Published: May 02, 2012
A Troy University summer camp will help girls negotiate obstacles
in the real world to female achievement in math and science careers.
Troy's Dothan campus will hold "Mathematics: The Queen of
Sciences" June 4-8. The camp is for rising seventh and eighth
grade girls, and is designed to inspire them to pursue careers in
math and science-related fields.
According to a National Science Foundation's Research on Gender in
Science and Engineering study, gender stereotypes tend to
discourage girls from pursuing careers in math and science. The
study found that in elementary grades, girls and boys have a
similar enthusiasm for math and science careers (66 percent of
girls, 68 percent of boys). By eighth grade, boys are twice as
interested in science and math careers as girls. The study says
gender stereotypes that cast science and math as men's pursuits
cause the drop in enthusiasm for the subjects as students age.
Vijaya Gompa, chair of Troy Dothan's math department, said
offering curriculum that fits how girls learn, giving them
reinforcement in spatial and logic skills, is important to stoke
their interest in math and science, but breaking down gender bias
is also key.
"Most of the things are cultural, we have to overcome the
culture barrier," Gompa said.
At the camp, students will take lessons in engineering, aerospace
engineering, robotics and art, and learn how math relates to each.
Students will also hear presentations from women working in these
fields, including presenters from the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Marshall Space Flight Center.
"All of the disciplines depend on mathematics," Gompa said.
The camp will accept 20 girls. To apply, students should contact
Gompa at email@example.com or at 334-983-6556 (ext. 1-387).
Applications are due May 17.