SPICE Doubles Down With Science for Girls

Date: 
2016-04-01 23:00:00

For Immediate Release

SPICE Doubles Down With Science for Girls

EUGENE, Ore. — (Feb 4, 2016) — The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence also known as SPICE, plans to double their science camp offerings for 6th-8th grade girls this summer.
Demand for the program was so high in 2015 that the program had to turn away an entire cohort of girls from the July summer camps. Girls who didn’t make it into the program weren’t left with nothing, though. They were invited to participate in research on the program and were provided a free 3-day science mini camp at the end of August.
Results of the research show that SPICE camp has a positive measurable impact on girls’ interest in science, science efficacy, attitudes toward science, and science identities. A publication on this research is forthcoming, but in the mean time preliminary results can be found on the SPICE web site (http://spicescience.uoregon.edu/spice-program-research).
In order to meet the high demand for engaging science for girls, SPICE has proposed to offer a second session in August. If the program receives 40 new applications from eligible girls by April 1, 2016, the second session will go forward and all new applicants will be guaranteed a spot in one of the two sessions.
“We hope this will not only fill the high demand for SPICE camp, but will provide a place for some of the students who traditionally attend the now defunct Summer Enrichment Program,” said SPICE director Brandy Todd.
Session one of SPICE camp will be held July 11-22nd, 2016 on the UO Campus. If the new application threshold is met, the second session will held August 8-19th, 2016.
SPICE provides three cohort-based camps for rising 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls from around Lane County.
Discovery camp (rising 6th graders) kicks off with a science scavenger hunt which takes girls all over the UO campus to collect data and solve puzzles. It wraps up with an Amazing Science Race in which the girls apply all the fun skills they have learned throughout the course of camp.
In the Forensic Investigation Camp (rising 7th graders), girls learn how to gather and analyze evidence using biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and geology. In the final week of camp they put their skills to the test in order to solve a diabolical mystery.
Engineering & Computer Science camp (rising 8th graders) teaches girls how to build, 3D design and program all the components necessary to build fully functional pinball machines. From the PB&J robot to power tools, these girls learn everything necessary to carry out complex electronic and mechanical designs.
SPICE Camp takes place in the Lorey I. Lokey Science Complex on the UO Camps and various field trip locations and is supported by the UO, modest tuition fees and scholarships provided by donors.
If you would like to learn more, please contact program director Brandy Todd.
Media & program Contact Brandy Todd, director, Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence, 541-346-4313, btodd@uoregon.edu