ExploreU STEM program kicks off June 25, registration still open for July session

ExploreU World of Technology, Mount Mercy University’s week-long science, technology, engineering and math program for middle-school-aged girls, kicks off Monday, June 25.

Entering its seventh year, ExploreU offers two sections: June 25–30 and July 9–14.

“The goal of ExploreU is to provide STEM opportunities to all middle-school-aged girls—not just those whose families can afford it,” said Elizabeth Kleiman, associate professor of computer science and ExploreU co-founder.

Thanks to funding from Transamerica, ExploreU is less expensive than most local STEM programs, at just $60 for the week. Scholarships are also available for low-income families.

The camp provides role models and fun activities for girls interested in STEM. College students serve as mentors, helping to illustrate the possibilities for women in STEM careers. Math and computer science topics are integrated into hands-on workshops and an inquiry-based learning environment.

ExploreU students learn how to program using Scratch—a tool that guides practice in analyzing patterns, integrating math and computer science, 3D visualization, and more. Participants test what they learn with a challenging, campus-wide treasure hunt. In 2016, the program added Nao, a programmable humanoid robot, to its team.

Registration for the July session will remain open until all spots are filled. Find more information about the program and Transamerica scholarships at www.mtmercy.edu/exploreu, or contact Kleiman at ekleiman@mtmercy.edu.

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