FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook American Association of University Women has for the last 19 years provided science and math camps for young women entering eighth grade. The girls are selected from nominations made by seventh grade math and science teachers.
This year’s outstanding event took place in July. The all-scholarship, residential camp held at UCSD is designed to foster math and science skills and to expose and inspire young female students to consider the excitement and challenges offered by careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The six chosen students spent one week at the campus of UCSD along with a total of 113 girls from all over Southern California. Each girl was placed into a “core class” where she spent 2 1/2 hours every day immersed in topics like forensics, math, chemistry, anatomy, marine biology, coding and robotics. Also, classes on flight, polymers, stress management, Rube Goldberg contraptions, and talks by professional women scientists and engineers were just a few of the highlights of the program.
As Judy Egan, who has for many years served as a “dorm mom” for the camp event, comments, “For these girls, this experience is an eye-opening one, not only as to college life, but to the many STEM fields, which are in need of qualified women. Students spend the week living the life of a college student, complete with dormitory, dining hall, field trips and hands-on labs.”
For anyone interested in joining AAUW and its mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, and participating in many of the social and educational events offered, email [email protected] or visit the website at