Reports show that girls interest in science decline during the transitions from one stage of education to the other (for instance between middle school to high school, or high school to college) Help nip that in the bud for middle school girls by exposing them to a future in science at the upcoming Take a Girl to College Day at Columbia University. (Thanks Nneka for the info!) I love the idea of pairing middle school girls with women in college-- plant that seed early for girls.
Take a Girl to College Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, pairs middle school girls with female college students. Each middle school girl will be taken to a lecture, shown a dorm and taken out for lunch on campus before settling down for a talk from the Columbia admissions office on how to make the most of high school and ace the college application process. Female science grad students will be on hand to take girls to their labs, and there will be hands-on science demonstrations throughout the day.
To participate, 7 th and 8th grade girls should send their name, school, grade, birthday, phone number and two favorite subjects to girls.day.at.columbia@ gmail.com
The deadline is March 30, but spaces fill up quickly.