WPI's Camp REACH Offers Scientific Fun With a Purpose for Massachusetts Girls

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Calling all sixth-grade girls in Massachusetts! Enjoy two weeks of fun and educational opportunities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this summer at Camp REACH. The call for new applicants is going out to all girls across the state, according to director Denise Nicoletti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI.

Each summer 30 girls who will enter seventh grade in the fall are accepted to Camp REACH. Girls are selected at random from completed applications that arrive by the deadline, which this year is May 8. The camp, which runs from July 23-Aug. 4, introduces girls to careers in science and technology. Participants help to solve real-world problems by completing group projects. There's no homework or tests, but rather, campers design projects that will have a positive impact on the community. Past projects have involved working on plans for a hospital library to help parents of premature infants, a reforestation program and a playground for preschoolers.

The cost of the two-week program is $350, which covers tuition, instructional materials, food, housing, field trips and recreational activities. Financial aid is available; recipients must qualify for a federally supported lunch program.

For more information, contact WPI's Outreach Programs at 508-831-5819 or write to WPI Camp REACH, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass., 01609. You can also find out more information on the Web at www.wpi.edu/~reach/.