MaQS (Mathematics, the
Queen of Sciences), A Summer Commuter Math and Science Camp
June 10-13, 2013, 9am-4pm; June 14, 2013, 9am - noon, at Troy University Dothan Campus, AL.
Follow-up meeting will be held on September 28, 2013 (9am-noon).
Funded by Troy University and a grant from
Mathematical Association of America Tensor Foundation.
Visit http://hillcrestdrive.elementfx.com/MaQS2013/PICS101.html for more pictures.
The following are the articles copied from media coverage:
Copied from WTVY TV news:
(It has video also.)
Updated: Mon 7:39 PM, Jun 10, 2013
Troy university is trying to get more girls interested in math.
That's why they're hosting a math camp that's just for them.
Girls are under-represented in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
"Mathematics Queen of the Sciences" is trying to change that.
It offers girls the chance to meet women who work in those professions.
"They are learning how to do high level stuff in a very relaxed way and they are going to feel proud of themselves. We need that kind of students," said professor of mathematics Dr. Vijaya Gompa
Today, the girls learned how to take apart a computer and put it back together.
Copied from Dothan Eagle:
A group of girl students discover working with molecules during a math camp at Troy Dothan on Wednesday morning.
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:04 pm | Updated: 5:05 pm, Wed Jun 12, 2013.
Posted on June 12, 2013
A Troy University summer camp program is helping inspire young women to fill the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers by giving them hands-on training in these fields.
The Mathematics, the Queen of Sciences summer camp is currently going on at Troy University’s Dothan campus. The camp is in its third year, and Vijaya Gompa, professor of mathematics, said it is beginning to yield results.
“It’s already making a difference,” she said. “I’ve had a handful of students tell me that they want to pursue a career in STEM.”
About 20 girls in grades 7-9 are attending the camp, which provides activity-based training in STEM-related skills. Computer science has been the theme of this year’s camp, and students have had the opportunity to take apart computers and install programs. Students are also getting hands-on lessons in other STEM areas. On Tuesday, students made aspirin in a chemistry lab.
Women are underrepresented in STEM fields. According to the National Council for Research on Women, females are 45 percent of the workforce, but only constitute 12 percent of the engineering and science workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor says nearly 75 percent of the jobs of tomorrow will require computers, but only 33 percent of girls are participating in computer courses and related endeavors.
Gompa said getting more women in STEM is important to having an adequate workforce in these fields and providing women with opportunities in a rewarding and potentially lucrative career field.
Anne Margaret Harris is a Carver Magnet School student participating in the camp. She said the camp makes science more interesting.
“I like it because I get to experience things you don’t normally get to experience in class, like yesterday when we dissected a computer,” she said.
Landry Tharp, a 13-year-old home school student, said she enjoyed having the opportunity to explore science.
“I’m at a point in life where I’m interested in trying things to see what I like,” she said.