Texas Tech University

Science: It's a Girl Thing

Session 1 and 2 for Summer 2019 dates are coming soon!

Tuition: $585. Please read our camp tuition policy here.

For more information please contact the IDEAL office.

Science: It's A Girl Thing is a residential camp for girls. The goals are to provide girls with strong role models and dispel myths and misconceptions about science and careers in science. Campers experience university life, hands-on classes and recreational activities. In the past we have offered classes ranging from Nano Energy to Animal Science. Since the purpose of SIGT is to allow girls to explore new fields in science we ask students to write a short biography and then we assign them to classes based on what we believe they would find interesting. This approach exposes girls to diverse topics in science and sparks interests that could lead to a lifelong career.

  • Provide young women with strong role models in the areas of science, math, and technology;
  • Spark and engage interest in science;
  • Educate young women on the various career paths within the industries of science, technology, engineering, and math; and
  • Introduce young under-represented girls to a collegiate experience.
  • Open to girls entering grades 5 - 12.

Sessions Offered

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Science It's a Girl Thing Session 1

Grades 5th - 6th

1. Anatomy and Physiology
2. Animal Science
3. Art
4. Chemical Engineering
5. Chemistry
6. Environmental Science
7. Forensics
8. Lego Robotics
9. Plant and Soil Science
10. Rocketry/ Physics


Science It's a Girl Thing Session II

Grades 7th - 12th

1. Anatomy and Physiology
2. Animal Science
3. Art
4. Chemical Engineering
5. Chemistry
6. Environmental Science
7. Forensics
8. Lego Robotics
9. Plant and Soil Science
10. Rocketry/ Physics

Classes Offered

 

Anatomy and Physiology

Doctor? Nurse? Trainer? Understanding the human body is a key in these careers. In this course, students learn about the eleven body systems and how they are essential when diagnosing a patient. Students will also be visiting the Sims Lab in the Texas Tech Health Science Center.

Animal Science 

This introductory class provides students with well-rounded lessons in biology. Students will learn the basics of biology, while incorporating them into the life cycles of various animals found in West Texas. Depending on the age group of the participants, some of the hands-on activities may include dissecting a frog or visiting a local wildlife rehabilitation center.

Art

While enrolled in this course, students will learn a mixture of art history, vocabulary, and techniques. Each day will consist of a new project sketched from the daily lesson. Creativity and personal identity will characterize each student's piece, which will emphasize how art has the ability to mean something different to everyone.

Chemical Engineering

Quality and quantity are important aspects of chemical engineering. As bold innovators, chemical engineers are always on the path of innovation. Using the principals from chemistry, students will get to create their own products. Natural products will be used to make personalized lotions, balms, and candles.

Chemistry

Boom! Students will not be blowing things up, but definitely having a blast learning the concepts of chemistry and how to apply them into projects. These "mad-scientist" experiments are sure to inspire a career in chemistry.


Environmental Science

A combination of physical and biological sciences are a part of environmental science. Students interested in environmental science will learn how the planet functions and how to develop solutions for today's most prominent environmental concerns.

Forensics

Interested in solving or preventing crime? This extraordinary path of science focuses on the examination of physical evidence, interpretation of data, and clear and concise reporting. Students will learn such skills and then apply them to a series of trial crimes to test their application process.

LEGO Robotics

Encompasses a variety of engineering courses that lead to a final competition. Students will get a robot and are challenged to complete a certain task under time. Design and programming are the core of this course as students work together as teams and individually.

Plant Soil Science

The Plant Soil Science course will require students to dig deep into their love for plants and the environment. Lessons in Crop Science and Horticulture will be taught, so that students understand the foundations of a degree program in this field. Students will also grow their own botanical garden and visit Texas Tech University's greenhouse and garden.

Rocketry / Physics

Blast off into a course that takes students out of this world! Those enrolled will apply taught physics, build a personalized rockets, and compare the rockets to develop questions as to how each may affected according to its design. All rockets will be tested and a winner will be announced.

 

Additional Information

All classes are taught by experienced university or public school faculty and emphasize hands-on activities. Classes are interdisciplinary and allow campers to explore many aspects of STEM through the lens of a scientific discipline. Campers are assigned to two different classes before camp starts based on their autobiographical statement. You will participate in two STEM classes and will receive 12 hours of instruction in the morning class and 12 hours of instruction in the afternoon class. You will be assigned to two classes based on your application. 

Room & Board

Students are housed on the Texas Tech campus. Housing is arranged by age and gender. Each student will have one roommate and may request a roommate (not guaranteed). Students will be supervised at all times by trained camp counselors. Daily meals are served by University Hospitality Services. Each student will receive a linen set/package that includes: Flat Sheet, Fitted Sheet, Blanket, Pillow & Pillow Case, 2 Towels, 2 Hand Towels, 2 Washcloths, Bath Soap, and Disposable Cup. No changes in linens provided during stay.

Registration Guidelines

Registration fee includes instruction, supervision, room and board, linen set/package, a camp t-shirt and evening recreation.

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