February 16, 2009
Science: It’s a Girl Thing is a four day–three night residential camp on the Texas Tech campus for 5th through 11th grade girls.
Texas Tech University’s Division of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement received a $4,000 grant from the Lubbock Area Foundation to fund scholarships for girls to attend the 2009 sessions of "Science: It’s a Girl Thing.”
Presented by the Institute for the Development and Enrichment for Advanced Learners (IDEAL), the camp provides girls with an introduction to science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on classes in university labs. Classes are taught by Texas Tech faculty, graduate students and educators from NASA.
Michelle Hamman, the program coordinator, said the goal of the camp is to address the shortage of women scientists. The camp introduces girls to the science disciplines and introduces underserved girls to a university experience.
“Thanks to donors like Lubbock Area Foundation,” Hamman said, “the camp has realized its goal of fifty percent of the student body receiving full scholarships since the program’s inception in 2000.”
Formed in 1984, IDEAL is a non-profit organization that has introduced thousands of students in grades K-12 to the university through a variety of on-campus academic enrichment programs.
The Lubbock Area Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to help people who care about the Lubbock area to invest in its future. As the community foundation for the South Plains, the organization provides a vehicle for building a permanent charitable endowment for the benefit of this area. Grants are awarded from funds based on the interests of the donor or through an open competitive process that is responsible to the changing needs of the community.