The Ball Foundation helps fund camp for fourth year

July 06, 2018

Regis University will host its sixth-annual science camp at its Northwest Denver campus to interest middle-school girls in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. For the fourth year, The Ball Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ball Corp., is helping fund RU SciTech camp, which begins Monday and runs through July 13. Specifically, the STEM camp is for middle-school girls with backgrounds typically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

During the camp, students will work with Regis science professors on topics ranging from computer systems to neuroscience. Ball Aerospace engineers will share their insights about space, science and technology careers. Camp counselors, who are Regis University STEM majors, will guide students during the camp experience while sharing their passion for science.

The goal is to encourage girls to enter STEM fields, many of which continue to show a disproportionately low number of women. Women hold only 28 percent of science and engineering jobs in the United States, according to recent statistics from the National Girls Collaborative Project.

“RU SciTech exposes female middle-schoolers to different STEM fields, using hands-on activities to encourage exploration,” said Quyen Hart, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Regis and the key organizer of the camp. “We give them tools to stay engaged with STEM at home with their families. We give them access to many female STEM role models, so they can ask them about what they do and why.”

Regis faculty will continue to meet with the campers throughout the year to help them remain engaged in STEM.

“Our hope is that the RU SciTech experience will help them stay interested in STEM and to know that they have others who love it as much as they do,” Hart said.

Each student will receive a computer tablet and a telescope to use during camp and afterward to continue their STEM explorations.

“We hope the girls find more uses for the tablet and will use their telescopes at home, too,” Hart said.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.