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After School Program

In this FREE 6-week after-school program, 4th-6th grade girls will participate in hands-on activities introducing basic chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and mathematics concepts. Girls will be placed in small groups with a Duke undergraduate female mentor who will help them with the activities and gaining an understanding of fundamental concepts.

Some example concepts include:
Energy: examined by building waterwheels
States of Matter: Chemistry demonstrations; dry ice experiments; liquid nitrogen experiments
Newton’s Laws: laws of motion experiments

We understand the need for continuous outreach in order to maintain interest in STEM, which inspired this program. We work hard to foster long-term relationships and provide students with constant encouragement. Student volunteers travel to several Durham schools throughout the week to lead activities that expose girls to more applications of science, engineering, and math to teach fundamental concepts in an engaging, hands-on manner. An after-school committee meets throughout the year to design activities for the curriculum, acquire materials, and train volunteers ahead of time so all activities run smoothly.

Saturday Program

The Saturday series is held on Duke’s West Campus, and integrates activities that parallel the ones we plan for the after-school program. However, instead of going to the elementary schools during the week, we invite 100 4th-6th graders to Duke to do the activities. This way, we are able to reach out to other young girls who do not attend the elementary schools with whom we have partnered with for our After-School program. We plan to continue the Saturday series as a vital component of our After-School Program.

In this FREE 6-week after-school program, 4th-6th grade girls will participate in hands-on activities introducing basic chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and mathematics concepts. Girls will be placed in small groups with a Duke undergraduate female mentor who will help them with the activities and gaining an understanding of fundamental concepts.