Girls STEM Camp Gets Front Row Seat to Medline Lab
By Medline Newsroom Staff | August 10, 2018
STEM Girls Camp is a week-long summer camp for girls in 3rd through 8th grade, and in June they visited Medline’s Research & Development Lab in Mundelein, Ill., as part of their week-long activities.
The visit highlights the importance of promoting STEM careers among young people, especially girls. Women constitute 50 percent of the overall workforce, but only 28 percent of the science and engineering (S&E) workforce.¹
Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO), is the non-profit that organizes the STEM camp, working to change these numbers by increasing accessibility to and interest in these fields. The camp provides students from under-served communities with the opportunity to explore STEM careers, through hands-on learning, field trips, and sessions with industry professionals.
Medline provided the group of 61 girls from Waukegan, Ill., the experience of being in a real lab. Medline’s R&D team gave a tour of the chemistry and microbiology labs and led the girls in activities, such as a hands-on epidemiology simulation to learn about controlling the spread of infectious diseases.
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1. National Science Board. 2016. Science and Engineering Indicators 2016. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2016-1).