A summer camp for girls called FOCUS is conducted at George Mason University. The camp is designed to attract female middle school students and the curriculum is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. These fields have traditionally drawn more men than women. In its fourth year, the camp aims to show girls that these fields can be cool and fun, and open to them.
FOCUS stands for "females of color and those underrepresented in STEM." Of about 100 participants this summer, just fewer than half were African-American, and one-fifth were Asian-American. Just over one-tenth were Hispanic, and fewer than one-tenth were of Middle Eastern descent. A small fraction identified as white.
The campers were met by a mixed group of counselors and organizers. The program aims to have the girls work with people who look like them. "At this camp, the girls are looking at college students who look like them," said Danielle Blunt Craddock, one of the camp's co-founders. They are seeing teachers and staff who look like them, she said, and the leaders are "really showing them the possibilities of what they could become."
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