GAMES for girls encourages STEM careers and experiences in an invigorating summer program on the campus o the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus. GAMES stands for Girls Adventuring in Math Engineering and Science.
Five dozen middle school girls participated in the one week residential summer camp which was started in 2010 by UTRGV’s legacy institution, UT Pan American. Girls have opportunities to explore science and engineering through hands on activities, classroom presentations, and contact with women professionals. The camp is funded by the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.
“We have different activities in this camp,” said Barbara Garza, director of UTRGV’s P16 Outreach, said. “The idea behind GAMES is that the girls get to explore different types of careers and activities in the STEM area via a hands-on learning approach.”
The students experience fun experiments that illustrate the concepts that they are taught.
“We’ve created slime, we had lectures on campus. And my favorite was building circuits because my dad is an electrical engineer so I got to learn more about it,” said Casey Charles, 13, a student from the South Texas Independent School District’s Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito.