Girls’ STEM camp connects with campus
By Kathleen Maclay
31 August 2017
Photo courtesy of Self-eSTEM
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Karen Trapenberg Frick, Assistant Adjunct Professor of City & Regional Planning and Assistant Director of the UC Center on Economic Competitiveness and Transportation, is helping foster a partnership between Self-eSTEM and UC Berkeley this year, thanks in part to a chance encounter with a youth summer camp that took place in Wurster Hall during the summer.
Self-eSTEM is an organization aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to young minority girls and women in the Bay Area. This summer, 75 girls ranging from second to twelfth grade attended their STEM exploration summer camp in Oakland.
The partnership aims to build a relationship between the Self-eSTEM program and UC Berkeley students, faculty and researchers by inviting Self-eSTEM girls to lectures and workshops, hosting campus tours, initiating discussions on college planning and collaborating on grant applications to benefit the program. “We’re excited about this new partnership with Self-eSTEM,” said Trapenberg Frick.
Trapenberg Frick learned about the Self-eSTEM summer camp after stumbling upon the Fam 1st architectural summer camp for youth at Wurster Hall. CED alumnus and Self-eSTEM board member Jeremiah Tolbert (B.Arch ‘04) invited her to speak with the girls about her work and experiences on the camp’s Engineering Day. Trapenberg Frick shared her research regarding the rebuilding of the Bay Bridge following the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. Following the talk, the girls got the opportunity to build their own bridge models.
Plans are already in the works to further strengthen ties with Self-eSTEM students and UC Berkeley this academic year.