ExploreU registration open, now with online application

Registration is open for Mount Mercy University’s popular ExploreU World of Technology summer program, a week-long event that provides role models and fun activities to middle-school-aged girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

To make registration and scholarship applications more accessible, the forms are now available online at bit.ly/1OQcab6.

Entering its fifth year, ExploreU is offering two sections for newcomers for the first time, June 20–25 and July 11–16, and a special session for returning students, June 20–25. 

“Females are still the minority in computer sciences, and it is important to raise a new generation of girls who are excited about STEM,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman, assistant professor of computer science and ExploreU cofounder. “ExploreU can get them engaged and interested in fun ways.”

Thanks in large part to funding by Transamerica, Kleiman and Dr. Jitka Stehnova, ExploreU cofounder and former assistant professor of mathematics at Mount Mercy, will introduce NAO (SoftBank Robotics) this year, a programmable humanoid robot and new permanent member of the ExploreU team. Transamerica’s support also helps to provide scholarships for low-income families and for Mount Mercy students to serve as mentors.

Through ExploreU, students will learn programming using Scratch, how to analyze patterns, integration of math and computer science, 3D visualization and more. Participants will test what they learn with a challenging, campus-wide treasure hunt.

Aimed at showing how engaging STEM fields are, the program is structured for girls in sixth through eighth grade with an emphasis on learning in an exciting environment.

Registration is open until spots are filled. Find more information about the program and scholarships available at www.mtmercy.edu/exploreu.

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