Mount Mercy's ExploreU introduces middle-school girls to STEM

Mount Mercy's ExploreU introduces middle-school girls to STEM

For the third year, Mount Mercy University will host ExploreU@MMU World of Technology, a week-long summer program for middle-school girls interested in math and computer science. 

Dr. Jitka Stehnova, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman, assistant professor of computer science, will coordinate this year’s program thanks to support from a Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant through the Mathematical Association of America.

“This is the second year of support from the Tensor Foundation,” explained Dr. Stehnova. “We’re thrilled that they so whole-heartedly support our efforts to encourage young women to grow their interest in STEM fields.”

Through ExploreU@MMU, students will learn programming using scratch, analyzing patterns, integration of math and computer science, 3D visualization and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an exciting treasure hunt.

The program is structured for girls in sixth through eighth grades with an emphasis on learning in a fun and engaging environment.

“We had a very positive response from parents, students and the community in 2013,” Stehnova continued. “We have over twenty girls registered to participate this year and look forward to welcoming more over the next two months.”

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