GeoGirls is a 5-day residential science and technology field camp for middle school girls that leverages Mount St. Helens as a natural laboratory to inspire enthusiasm for the earth sciences and an understanding of natural hazards. A mostly-female corps of scientists, local teachers, staff and interns connect with campers through real-world research projects, field visits, hands-on activities and mentorship. This core STEM curriculum is integrated with activities to improve communication and teamwork skills and opportunities for dialogue about academic, career and social issues. GeoGirls is designed to be a fun and transformative experience that builds life-long relationships and fosters a sense of camaraderie among the participants.
The GeoGirls Fund through the Mount St. Helens Institute was created to raise support within our local community to make this program possible and affordable for any who are selected and want to attend, regardless of income. Ideally, selected girls will participate free of charge. Partial program support is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award 1349572) as part of the broader impacts of seismic research, but we still need to raise over $6,000 to attain our goal of delivering this innovative program at no cost to its participants in 2016.
The Mount St. Helens Institute
The Mount St. Helens Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing understanding and stewardship of the earth through science, education and exploration of volcanic landscapes.Your donation is tax-deductible and we will send an IRS acknowledgement letter at the end of the year (IRS ID #91-1569993).
Your contribution, no matter the amount, will truly make an impact on the GeoGirls program. We've listed a few examples of how your generosity will support the materials and expertise needed to deliver such a dynamic experience to underserved female students.
If your business or organization is interested in learning more about GeoGirls sponsorship opportunities, please contact Abi Groskopf, MSHI Science Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.891.5067.
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