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7 Girls to Attend Camp at Stanford

The ongoing effort to encourage girls to study math and science will take seven Ventura County students to Stanford University on Sunday as part of a “Tech Trek” summer camp.

Sponsored by the American Assn. of University Women, the weeklong camp will include hands-on science experiments, practical problem-solving and a taste of college life. Local branches of the association raised about $350 for each county participant.

The program has several goals, said Conejo Elementary School teacher Colleen Briner-Schmidt, one of several educators invited to teach at the camp.

The foremost goal, she said, is to challenge subtle stereotypes that discourage girls from studying math and science. “We’re trying to make it cool to like math and science again,” Briner-Schmidt said.

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The program also is intended to encourage girls to become activists and leaders, she said.

Camper Roberta Capelli, 12, said she thinks the program and others like it are important to get girls interested in math and science. “It may help some girls change their minds about their careers,” she said.

Other county Tech Trek participants are Samantha Farinacci, Meagan Jones, Rocio Cabrera, Claudia Castelkinos, Katharine Kipp and Elise Haden. Kathryn Gholdston is the first alternate.


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