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July 6-10: 'Girls Explore STEM Camp'

Forty middle school girls participating in week-long camp.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-2-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Forty middle school girls from grades 6 to 8 will participate in a “Girls Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp” that will be held from July 6-10 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The five-day, one-night “Girls Explore STEM Camp” is a collaborative effort between scientists, geneticists, mathematicians, engineers, professors, staff, students, and professionals from Minnesota State Mankato and the surrounding community that is intended to provide a rewarding experience for young girls.

The camp has been structured to create a fun, interactive learning environment that engages students in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math related topics.

The main focus of the camp will be on regeneration and germ cell development with planarians. During the five-day camp, mornings will be dedicated to the regenerative lab integrative activity with worm specimens. The afternoons will include career exploration through interdisciplinary efforts. On the first day, participants will travel to Rasmussen Woods and collect worms for the Planarian Regeneration Lab.

A partnership between the Women’s Center at Minnesota State Mankato, the Mayo Clinic and Verizon Wireless will fund lunches between women professionals and the camp participants. During small group discussions, professionals and participants will discuss STEM career paths, positive aspects of working in careers related to health care, empowering statements about staying in school, necessary classes to reach career goals and a question and answer session.

The lead scientist, David Sharlin, will lead the labs with the Tri Beta National Honor Biological Society. This society is centered on research, and the chapter has led outreach to the community in the past. A regenerative medicine professional will also be speaking to the participants during the week.

The Women’s Center, Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, College of Science, Engineering & Technology along with Institutional Diversity received a $10,000 grant from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota for the Girls Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp this summer.

For more information, please contact the Women’s Center at Minnesota State Mankato by phone at 507-389-5127 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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