SUMMER SPACE & SCIENCE CAMP
Are you a Hawaii high school girl who is interested in space exploration, astronomy or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields? Does the possibility of working in one of these areas pique your interest? If so, we’ve got a great opportunity for you. Join PISCES next summer for the Women’s STARS (STEM Aerospace Research Scholars) Program. STARS is a week-long space and science camp designed to expose you to a variety of STEM fields and the women who work in them. Find inspiration, meet like-minded peers and get encouragement from leading women in STEM.
STARS is based on NASA’s successful summer programs for young women and focuses on providing inspiration, support and encouragement for Hawaii girls interested in pursuing STEM fields. The program first launched in Summer 2014 and has partnered with and received funding from a growing number of STEM-related organizations, nonprofits and large companies.
Though half of Hawaii’s population consists of women, only 25% work in STEM fields in the islands. But non-STEM jobs in Hawaii are split evenly between the genders (Top 20 Occupations in Hawaii, DBEDT). According to a report by the nonprofit Million Women Mentors: “Women have lower self-confidence in their STEM abilities than men do, even when they perform at the same achievement levels as men. This lack of confidence can undermine their performance and their interest in pursuing STEM careers.”
The STARS program was started to address these issues by giving young women the encouragement, inspiration, knowledge and resources they need to succeed in STEM careers in Hawaii. The program also aims to improve gender equity and economic opportunities for Hawaii’s women.
- Learn about the latest scientific research happening in Hawaii with female scientists, engineers and educators;
- Meet role models and mentors;
- Learn about internship and volunteer opportunities;
- Build robots and rockets;
- Tour Maunakea summit and peer inside some of the world’s best astronomical observatories;
- Tour behind the scenes at leading research, science and technology facilities;
- Complete a group project to help tackle the challenges of space exploration;
- Make new friends with shared interests;
- Meals, accommodations and on-island transportation are provided.
“I had astronomy as an un-achievable dream beforehand and how it seems attainable.”
“I’m considering career paths in geology and biology more seriously than before.”
“I have a better idea of what I need to do, I also feel better about my ability to succeed and be happy.”
“It really opened my eyes to how amazing certain careers I had previously overlooked can be.”
“I already was sure I was going into science, but the STARS Program boosted my confidence and excitement tremendously. It also gave me a more focused direction on where I want to be and how to get there.”
“[STARS] validated my feelings about going into aeronautics and becoming a pilot. It opened my mind to how much of a difference I can make in this world.”
“[STARS] exposed me to many different STEM fields, especially on our island. I had so much fun and loved hearing from so many knowledgeable people.”
- Dates: June or July 2021 (TBD)
- Location: Big Island of Hawaii
- Cost: Free (All meals, housing and ground transportation will be provided. Students coming from other islands must pay the cost of their airfare).
ELIGIBILITY & APPLYING
Hawaii high school girls who are 14 years or older and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply.
- Applications open in mid-April on this webpage. Follow us on social media for details on application open dates and deadlines.
PROGRAM PARTNERS & SPONSORS
- Caterpillar, Inc.
- Hawaii Community Foundation
- Hawaii Science & Technology Museum
- EA/James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
- Coral Reef Alliance
- Hawaii State DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
- Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
- USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory