June 22, 2018

Giving Utah Girls Who Love STEM the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.


Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31, 2018 – This summer, the YMCA of Northern Utah is offering a week-long, full-day “Girls in STEM” camp at Weber State University, designed to nurture girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and help close the STEM Opportunity Gap.  This camp will be offered June 4-8, 2018, from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Weber State University campus in Ogden.   While it is open to all in the community, it’s designed for girls ages 5-15.

 Data shows that girls’ engagement with science and math drops off significantly at age 13 (from 66% to 32%), and plummets even lower in their freshman year of college (down to 4%). Technology jobs are the fastest-growing and among the highest-paying in the country, and women aren’t participating at equitable rates. When girls are discouraged from developing their STEM talents and interests, they may be held back from achieving their full potential.

 To address this, the Y is focused on delivering the BEST.SUMMER.EVER. to help girls explore STEM and find their STEM voice. At YMCA summer camps across the country, staff are putting an intentional emphasis on integrating gender-equitable practices into their STEM programming to support a child’s physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. This particular week at Weber State University is the first of ten sessions on campus that provide high-quality STEM programming, but is designed specifically to benefit girls.

 IM Flash, a Utah-based technology company, is a proud supporter of the Girls in STEM week.  They are committed to giving back to their local community, specifically through support of STEM-based programs, and believe that STEM programs are an essential part of helping children love learning and providing a solid base for their education. IM Flash is supporting the Y’s ability to provide financial assistance, helping ensure that no family is turned away due to their financial circumstances.  IM Flash is making it possible for all campers to learn, grow, and thrive. 

“Girls in STEM” aims to introduce girls to a variety of STEM fields and careers, helping young women find their STEM identity. Each day, campers will learn about a new field of STEM through hands-on experiments, exciting tours, and insightful STEM experts from our community. When girls engage with STEM, it makes a difference:

  1. They are learning how to problem solve

STEM activities teach youth that there is more than one way to reach a positive outcome. Girls who love STEM get to test out theories, learn from the results, build self-esteem and develop a resilient mindset. Empowering girls with these critical skills helps them succeed now and in the future.

  1. They are positioning themselves to earn higher salaries

Technology jobs are the fastest growing and highest paying in the U.S. Women who begin STEM careers with previous experience and education will have an advantage in the field that will pay off big!

  1. They are seeing their own potential

Women—especially women of color—are under-represented in STEM careers both in real life and in the media. When young girls are encouraged to see themselves in these roles, they can feel empowered to go far in life.

For more information about the “Girls in STEM” Summer Day Camp at Weber State, visit http://ymcautah.org/summerdaycamp/webercounty/wsu or call 801-839-3385