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ULM School of Education focuses on STEM careers for summer camps

Published June 13, 2014

The School of Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will facilitate two summer camps aimed toward accelerating student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The camps include the Girls Scouts Power Up camp, which will be held on the ULM campus from June 16-20, and the First West-Broaden Horizons STEM Camp, held at First West Church in West Monroe.

First West-Broaden Horizons STEM Camp:

First West Church in West Monroe will host the Broaden Horizons STEM Camp June 16-19, and June 23-26, with ULM faculty and staff facilitating lessons.

Campers will enjoy using the power of science to solve a mystery, while participating in movie making, literature and storytelling, and robot technology.

Source material includes a Nelson Mandela biopic, the film “I Robot,” and literature written by Dr. Susan Calvin.

Girl Scouts Power Up at ULM:

ULM welcomes the Girl Scouts from the Pines to the Gulf for the 2014 “Girl Scouts Power Up” camp, which highlights STEM initiatives for young girls.


“The community partnerships grew from a shared goal to engage minorities and girls who are under- represented populations in STEM- related careers in exciting hands-on, minds-on activities, explorations and conversations,” said Tiffany Jackson, professional development coordinator for the TEACH program in the School of Education.

“By doing so, we are able to meet an authentic need in our community and involve our education students in rich, field-based experiences that will better prepare them to be innovative and effective educators and community leaders!”

The camp runs June 16-20 for upper elementary and middle school girls. Campers will enjoy field trips and interactive lessons on energy, science, and ecosystems, including work with live butterflies, and artistic representations of science.

Campers will also create their own volcanoes, and coordinate a live butterfly release on June 19.

2014 marks the second summer for the Girl Scouts Power Up camp at ULM. CenturyLink and ULM’s Teach program serve as co-sponsors of the camp.