Today, the iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center kicked off its third annual
STEMgirls Summer Camp hosted at Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School in
Waukegan. This week-long learning experience provides 125 young girls
(grades 3-8) with opportunities to learn more about careers in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through challenging and
fun hands-on activities.
Campers will take part in a wide range of activities throughout the
week, using engineering and design principles to solve different
Campers hail primarily from communities where access to STEM programing
is limited. STEMgirls is supported by some of Illinois’ leading life
sciences companies including Abbott, AbbVie, the Astellas USA
Foundation, Horizon Pharma and the VWR Foundation.
“This incredible week of learning and development for young girls
interested in STEM wouldn’t be possible without the generous support
from our donors,” said Ann Vogel, senior vice president of the iBIO
Institute EDUCATE Center. “Their recognition of the growing need for
STEM education early-on provides these young girls with an enriching
experience that leads to opportunities they otherwise might not have
At the end of the week, parents of the STEMgirls campers can attend a
panel discussion featuring speakers from Abbott and the Astellas USA
Foundation to learn more about how they can support their daughters
interest in STEM and connect them to various community support
“The STEMgirls Camp is an amazing opportunity for girls in our district.
They are exposed to wonderful new projects and experiences through this
program,” said Stephanie Jensen, principal of Andrew Cooke Magnet
Elementary School. “The hands-on approach makes the week fun and
exciting for the girls.”
About iBIO Institute
The mission of the iBIO Institute, established in 2003 by the Illinois
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO), is to orchestrate business
leadership in delivery of world-class educational programs and
job-creating new technology ventures. The Institute’s EDUCATE Center
delivers science and math programs for teachers and students, thereby
inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping restore
America’s leadership in technology education.
To learn more about the iBIO Institute and its programs, visit www.ibioinstitute.com.
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