These Kanab Middle School seventh grade students were selected for the eSmart Summer Camp at Dixie State College for its inaugural event. Pictured with Karen Alvey (CEBA) and Kane County Commissioner Daniel Hulet are students Quartney Barnard, Lindsey Bartlett, Victoria Fisher, Lindsay Livingston and Gabrielle Zweiffel.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) St. George is partnering with Dixie State College to launch the first Girls STEM Camp in Southern Utah. Their mission is to fascinate campers with STEM subjects and projects and educate our girls, and the community that surrounds them, that they can be anything they want in this world. We want Southern Utah girls to dream bog.

What are the facts?

In 1885, AAUW dispelled a commonly accepted myth that higher education was harmful to women’s health.

In 1992, AAUW published a startling national study “How Schools Shortchange Girls.” The study found that K-12 girls received an inferior education resulting in a loss of self-confidence in girls. This preceded a drop in achievement in the middle school years for girls - particularly in the fields of math and science.

In a 2004 follow-up study, AAUW noted good progress had been made toward gender equity in schools since the 1992 study. But it revealed a shrinking pipeline of girls following courses of studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Our goal? To intrigue and inspire!

Forty local seventh grade girls will take part in esteem and team building activities and an array of exciting classes that will include a deep sea experience, designing their own pair of Peace pants, exploring the science of smell, Rhumba to Zumba dance, and directing and editing their own digital film mini documentary. All these activities will be done while staying overnight in the DSC dorms with focused DSC women as their counselors.