Rachel Antoszewski, Camille Flack, Hope Garrie, Katie Long, Fiona Turner, Hailey Wilkinson, Kelby Wilson and Joanne Wyss, all of Gardner, were among 25 eighth grade students attending a week-long Master-IT camp at Emporia State University June 2-6.
Master-IT is short for Mathematics and Science To Explore Careers-Investigating Together. The purpose of this camp is to encourage young women to investigate careers in mathematics and science from women who work in these fields.
ESU professors from the mathematics and science programs participated, and four ESU undergraduate students with mathematics or science majors were selected to serve both as mentors and as resident hall counselors for MASTER-IT participants.
Field trips included visiting the Wichita Zoo and getting a behind-the-scene look at how the food is prepared for the animals and what happens at the animal hospital. They listened to a pharmacist and learned how to prepare prescriptions, talked about the importance of accuracy, and mixed powders to make gels for prescriptions. They made a cast for a broken bone and sutured a pig’s foot. They also learned how to prepare a good mix of aggregates for concrete mixes. And they visited the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant and talked to the engineers about their jobs.
They also designed their camp t-shirt and worked math and scientific problems every day in the classroom. Overall the girls experienced a mix of classroom time, lectures, hands-on activities, and field trips.