The purpose of the Girls Lead summer camp is to engage middle to low income students in grades 6-10 in STEAM (science, technology,engineering,art and math) and leadership activities. The camp will target students who attended and intended to attend Tubman in the hope of easing their transition to their new schools, giving them opportunities to take leadership in their new environment, and improving their success in school. The program will include 3 main components:
a)Math program. This math program would run from 9 am-10:30 am everyday for three weeks, where girls would focus on developing basic math skills and become acquainted with the math counts programs which is designed to increase enthusiasm for math using a variety of engaging math activities. There will be one multi- grade group of twenty students. One teacher will work with one high school assistant can run this program.
For the second half of the summer program, students will be allowed to choose between media & leadership training and a music program.
b)Music program: The Tubman summer camp music director is Stefana Berceanu, the founder of Tubman Strings program. She has been running a successful strings camp for the last four years which has a number of low income minority students. Part of the time will be spent on individual skill development and part of the time on small ensembles and orchestra practice. The program will be mentored by the alumni of Tubman Strings. Guest musicians from the community will also be involved in helping the students. On August 24th, students will have a performance for parents and the community.
c)Media/leadership training: The media and leadership training will include learning the basics of video production and producing ads for a STEM and leadership club led by girls. Part of the time will also be devoted to a Toastmasters club which will assist the girls in improving their public speaking skills. Local film makers and guest speakers from the Toastmasters club will help with this part of the program.
d) Girls lead clubs: One day of the summer program, will be devoted to training the girls to start their own STEM and leadership clubs in their new schools. The purpose of the club is to provide a safe space for the girls to pursue their interests in math, science and leadership. The club would not exclude boys but will encourage girls – all girls. The clubs would have a common list of activities to choose from which will include math counts program, science research projects, robotics, Intel computer science clubhouses, toastmasters and video production. Our hope is, as opportunities for mentorships, internships or scholarships come up through partnerships with PSU and Intel we can plug the girls in wherever they are.
Dates of Summer Program: August 6 through August 24, 2012
1. Math: Individualized program that will accommodate students from grade 6-10.
2. Media: Produce an ad for the club and/or documentary
3. Music: Performance at end of three-week session
4. Public Speaking: Knowledge of the basic components for public speaking. Complete one speech and receive constructive critique.
5. Gather the know how to establish a STEM/Leadership Club .