For girls, science rules

Sep 04, 2003, vol. 28, no. 1



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Recent summer camps offered for the first time at SFU show there's no shortage of interest in science among young girls.

Those participating in a new Science Alive camp at SFU in August built Lego robots and remote control cars and created colorful laboratory experiments. Meanwhile at SFU's Surrey campus, the young female scientists tried high-tech projects.

Many of the camp participants also belong to a new club for girls where science rules. The club was created earlier this year by SFU's Science Alive instructors and has 40 members. The Lower Mainland girls from grades 2-7 meet bimonthly in SFU labs with female scientists.

Organizers anticipate the club will grow considerably this fall as word of mouth spreads at local schools. “There's a real need to reach out to girls who may be interested in these fields and would benefit from encouragement and mentorship,” says Sharina Dodsworth, SFU's Science Alive director.

Science Alive was established at SFU 10 years ago and is run by science and engineering students wanting to help young boys and girls discover science through hands-on activities.

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