This High School Girl Started a Free STEM Summer Camp for Girls
By Elanor Palmer, Contributing Writer
A $100 grant from Start A Snowball allowed Sabina London, a sixteen year old in eleventh grade, to start Girls Science Interactive, a free STEM summer camp. London wanted to organize a free summer camp for middle school girls, and minorities in particular, which would help them explore the sciences in a fun and interactive way. This grant allowed London to buy supplies and the necessary materials for each of the experiments.
The summer camp allowed girls to explore STEM careers and learn more about topics like the solar system, global warming, engineering, electricity chemistry and neuroscience. Each topic included fun hands-on experiments, and the interactive approach made this educational experience especially fun. One of the most popular lessons was on astronomy, where the girls made a balloon rocket and a Mars Rover.
London’s goal was to have about 20 girls attending each session of the camp. She wanted to cater the program to a low-income community who could not normally afford to send their children to summer camps or after school activities. London was able to distribute flyers advertising the camp to the kids through the local middle school administration. She was hoping that the girls at the first session would enjoy the program so much, that they would tell their friends and more children would join each session. In the end, about 150 elementary and middle school girls participated in the Girls Science Interactive camps – a huge success in London’s opinion.
Many of the girls who attended this summer are eagerly awaiting next summer’s camps already. Half of the STEM summer camps were in low-income areas, and their experience wouldn’t have been possible without London’s efforts to bring them a free science camp. London plans to open more camps in New York and Kentucky, and has been actively reaching out to other high school and college students to open more STEM summer camps in their communities.
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