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2011
Hundreds of youngsters from New Jersey schools enrolled in five-week summer science programs at NJIT for middle and elementary school youngsters will  complete an assortment of hands-on, exciting science projects—from building space stations to tie-dyeing t-shirts—through next week. >>
Tagged: pre-college
2010
More than 100 young girls from throughout New Jersey enrolled in the NJIT FEMME program will complete an assortment of hands-on, exciting science projects—from building space stations to tie-dyeing t-shirts—during the next two final weeks of FEMME. >>
Tagged: science
2009
Learning science has never been more rewarding for young girls than during the next few weeks at NJIT when FEMME, the 28-year-old, five-week, summer enrichment program, whirls to a fabulous finish. Hands-on, sophisticated projects guarantee to keep girls (ages 8-15) happy and learning. Among the lessons: building paper roller coasters to learn physics and tie-dyeing shirts to study chemistry.  >>
2008
NJIT received $27,000 from Bridgewater-based National Starch and Chemical Foundation to support two NJIT's pre-college programs, both benefiting women. The Women in Engineering Technology Initiative FEMME received $12,000 while a similar initiative to promote positive changes in the educational environment in Newark classrooms received $15,000. >>
Tagged: pre-college
ABC-TV World News tonight featured a news segment highlighting NJIT's FEMME program, now in its 27th year, sponsored by the Center for Pre-College Programs. ABC-TV Science Correspondent Ned Potter and his producer Diane Mendez interviewed girls from the program along with program director Suzanne Berliner-Heyman.  >>
Learning science has never been more rewarding for young girls than during the next few weeks at NJIT when FEMME, the 27-year-old, five-week, summer enrichment program, whirls to a fabulous finish. Hands-on, sophisticated projects guarantee to keep girls (ages 8-15) giggling and learning. Among the lessons: building paper roller coasters to learn physics and tie-dyeing shirts to study chemistry.   >>
Tagged: pre-college, physics
2006
Learning science has never been more rewarding for young girls than during the next two weeks at NJIT when FEMME, the 25-year-old, five-week, summer enrichment program, whirls to a fabulous finish. Hands-on, sophisticated projects, guaranteed to keep girls (ages 8-15) giggling and learning, include dissecting cows' eyes, building suspension bridges from Popsicle sticks and tie-dyeing shirts. >>
Tagged: science, engineering
Last summer, Natasha Stroedecke, age 10, studied environmental engineering at NJIT. She delighted in raising tadpoles into frogs, observing earthworms and analyzing the nocturnal habits of owls. This summer, Natasha will return to NJIT to take a class she's even more excited about: aeronautical engineering. >>
Tagged: engineering, science
2005
More than 150 girls--fourth through eighth-graders--are launching rockets, designing rollercoasters and analyzing chocolate as part of NJIT's FEMME program, which offers six summer workshops in the fundamentals of aeronautical, biomedical and mechanical engineering. The FEMME program is designed to help girls overcome the gender gap in math, science and engineering. >>
Tagged: engineering, science
NJIT's Center for Pre-college Programs will sponsor summer workshops to encourage students--many of whom are girls and minorities--from post-fourth to post-11th grades to pursue education in science, math and engineering. The workshops run from four to six weeks, and begin either in late June or early July. Applications are due April 8 and can be obtained by calling 973-596-3550 or by visiting the center's website>>
2004
While some teenagers fritter away their summers bathing in the sunlight, frolicking in the pool or repairing to the local mall, a group 20 teenage girls are ensconced in labs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), devoting their summer to designing circuit boards, building robots and analyzing micro-bugs. >>
More than 100 post-fourth through eighth-grade girls will be offered the opportunity to overcome the gender gap in math, science and technology through an intensive, four-week summer program organized by NJIT's Center for Pre-College Programs. The Women in Engineering and Technology Initiative-FEMME program, which runs from July 6 through August 5, 2004, combines the fun of hands-on discovery with learning about the basic principles of engineering and encourages girls to choose careers in scientific and technological fields in which women are traditionally underrepresented. >>
2003
The FEMME summer program (Women in Engineering and Technology Initiative), which helps girls overcome the gender gap in math, science and engineering, will end with a rocket launch. Fifth-grade girls, who studied the fundamentals of aeronautical engineering, will launch model rockets they assembled in class. Other Femme classes will display projects they designed such as roller coasters, bridges and artificial bones. >>
When NJIT's Suzanne quizzes quizzes the girls who arrive on campus every summer to study science as part of a program called FEMME,  she asks their opinion of engineers.   Mostly, Heyman says, the students agree that "engineers are nerds," that engineering is not a viable career choice for women, and that science is not something many of them are considering.   What a difference a few weeks of imaginative, exciting teaching can make, she says.   This year's class, 120 girls in grades four through eight, arrived on campus recently and will attend classes through August 7 as day students.   Most are either black or Hispanic and all are within commuting distance of Newark. Many come from low-income families.   But all are bright students who must get A's and B's in math and science and three letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors.   The girls are grouped by grade and spend the summer on one of five interest areas, environment, aerospace science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering.   The faculty design kid-friendly experiments and learning exercises.   For instance, this year's chemical engineering class is learning what makes a polymer turn into "slime," the slippery, gooey plastic sold as a toy.  They learn how chemical reactions change polymers from slimy to hard, says Heyman.   Another class is learning engineering principles by building bridges out of match sticks.   Working in teams--like real engineers--and using a glue gun, the girls design then secure their structures. They will later test their model bridges by placing 10-lb bags of sand on them. Heyman predicts the girls will learn that using cross-braced toothpicks makes a stronger bridge than when the toothpicks are glued together at right angles.   "They come up with some amazing designs," she says.   But in addition to the specifics these girls will learn, the real achievement of FEMME is opening the students' eyes to the possibilities science, math, and engineering offer women.   Nationally, over 90 percent of the jobs in math and science are held by men, according to FEMME data.   Heyman believes that through programs like NJIT's that trend will start to change.   Already about half of FEMME's alumnae who have finished college have gone on to math or science careers, says Heyman.   No one expects that the program will make a scientist of every girl who enters, but Heyman believes FEMME works. It starts wih changing thinking, she says.   At the end of last year's session, the students were again polled on their attitudes toward math, science, and engineering.   To the question "Girls can be engineers, do you agree or disagree?", only 19 percent had said they agreed at the start of the program. By the end of the session, 38 percent said they agreed. >>
The FEMME program (Women in Engineering and Technology Initiative) helps girls overcome the gender gap in math, science and engineering. Elementary school girls perform as well as boys in math and science, yet fall behind them during middle school and high school. To redress that imbalance, 120 girls – fourth through eighth graders – will come to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus to study aeronautical, biomedical and mechanical engineering. >>
Where do grade-school girls launch rockets, design roller coasters and analyze chocolate? … At the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), which offers eight summer workshops for elementary and high-school students. >>