Baylor Hosts Women's Engineering and Computer Science Camps

June 9, 1997

The Southwestern Bell Discovery Week, engineering and computer science camps for junior high girls, will be held June 15-20, June 22-27, July 6-11 and July 13-18 at Baylor University.

A total of 64 participants were chosen from recommendations by junior high school teachers. The teachers were asked to nominate girls in grades 7-8 during the 1996-97 school year for the week-long residential camp.

The program is intended to encourage young women to pursue studies and careers in engineering and computer science and to provide them with an experience that is not available in the normal course of the participant's education.

"Nationally, there is a large disparity between the numbers of women and men pursuing careers in the technical fields of engineering and computer science," said Dr. Byron Newberry, Baylor associate professor of engineering and camp director.

Camp activities will include lessons in robotics, computer multimedia, creative design, electrical and mechanical engineering and the internal workings of computers. Campers will participate in intensive hands-on activities in the experimental and computer labs of the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Baylor faculty and female engineering and computer science majors will guide the activities and will be on hand to share educational and career experiences.

Afternoon recreational and entertainment activities are also planned. The registration fee is $30.

For more information, contact Newberry at 755-4709.

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