Summer camp teaches girls science, technology, engineering, math; registration open

ST. GEORGE —Teaching science, technology, engineering and math in new and fun ways, “eSMART Summer Camp for Girls” is back at Dixie State University for the fifth year in a row, starting the first session July 7.

Campers participate in interactive science projects during Dixie State University’s "eSMART Summer Camp for Girls", St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Campers participate in interactive science projects during Dixie State University’s “eSMART Summer Camp for Girls,” St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Open to girls who will be entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades, the overnight camp will be offered for two sessions this summer.

The first camp will run July 7-10 and the second session July 14-17. In addition to learning about the STEM disciplines, campers are introduced to college life as they stay in Dixie State University’s residential housing during the four-day experience.

“What an amazing experience for my daughter,” Kat Garrard, whose daughter has attended eSMART camp in the past, said. “She will always remember attending this camp and all that she learned there. Thank you so much for taking such good care of her and inspiring her for the future.”

During the four days of camp, girls will discover different disciplines of science through a variety of hands-on activities. They will build asteroids, isolate their DNA, work with Bureau of Land Management archaeologists and make ice cream while learning about chemistry. Additionally, they will travel to Zion National Park, where they will learn about water quality and help with park research. Back on campus, campers will learn about diving physiology at the DSU pool.

Campers participate in interactive science projects during Dixie State University’s "eSMART Summer Camp for Girls", St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Campers participate in interactive science projects during Dixie State University’s “eSMART Summer Camp for Girls,” St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

While at the camp, girls will also speak with potential role models, both students and professionals, who will provide advice and inspiration to campers who are considering careers in STEM.

DSU biology professor Erin O’Brien and computer and information technology professor Rachel Ramsey run the camp and will stay with the girls throughout the entire experience. Additionally, female science majors at DSU, who have been through background checks, will serve as camp counselors and stay in the student housing facilities with campers. Campers receive personalized attention, as registration is limited to 40 girls for each session.

The camp is sponsored by Dixie State University and the St. George branch of the American Association of University Women. Fundraising efforts subsidize the fees for the camp, and as a result, registration is only $150 for the entire experience.

To apply, visit the AAUW St. George Web page.

Event details

  • What: eSMART camp for girls
  • When: July 7-10, 14-17
  • Where: Dixie State University, 225 S. 700 East, St. George
  • Registration: $150, available online
  • eSMART camp for girls website
  • For more information, see the AAUW St. George website

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1 Comment

  • fun bag June 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    these girls doesn’t need no book learnin’. Them should be preparin’ for a holy temple marriage and learnin’ to serve the priesthood authority and havin’ 8-13 babies….

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