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Lawrence Tech hosts 10th annual Camp Infinity

Release Date: June 27, 2013
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Lawrence Tech Adjunct Faculty Maurice Tedder (left) of LTU's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science answers a question about robotics during a session of Camp Infinity held at Lawrence Technological University the week of June 24-28.

Lawrence Technological University hosted the 10th annual Camp Infinity, the June 24-28 summer technology camp for 9-13-year-old girls that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling and inspires the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM subjects.

Camp Infinity was created by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation to address the primary reasons girls lose interest in STEM subjects: confidence, social relevance, and social (peer) acceptance.

MCWT’s Camp Infinity counteracts these negative pressures in part by:

• Building confidence and capability with hands-on technology activities such as robotics and computer game design.
• Demonstrating that technology is fun through the execution of engaging projects with other girls their age and high school girls serving as counselors.
• Reinforcing social relevance by featuring visitors from the local technology community who explain how their work is important to society at large.

Camp Infinity helps spark girls’ interest in STEM subjects, which tends to decrease during middle-school years. The girls are separated into two groups of 20 by grade to better cater to their technological experience. Fourth- and fifth-graders focus on website, app and video game design while the sixth- and seventh-graders focus on robotics and web and app design.

During lunch, professionals from leading companies in the area meet with the girls and encourage them to continue learning about technology. Access to role models like these reinforces the rewards and opportunities a career in technology can bring.