A national imperative.  A proven local impact.

For our nation to maintain leadership in a global economy, more women and other underrepresented groups must be prepared to assume positions as engineers and scientists, providing new perspectives on old problems and bringing a broader range of skills and life experience.  Camp Reach is one of many ways that WPI fills the pipeline for a capable STEM workforce of the future. 

Through this innovative program, WPI provides a mentoring experience that engages girls at a young age and maintains contact through their high school years. Since 1997, approximately 400 rising 7th grade girls, 110 high school girls, 40 middle school math and science teachers, and 75 WPI students and faculty have participated.  Together they have created a mentoring scaffold of girls and women who support and celebrate each other’s interests in STEM, as noted by an alumna from our first year:

“I continue to mentor women in engineering both inside and outside of work…Camp Reach left footprints on my life.  I want to be able to look at the future of women in engineering and other STEM professions and know that my footprints had an impact on someone else’s life.”

Jenelle Pope
Camp Reach '97, WPI '07, RPI '09
Mechanical Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft

To continue this important program, WPI needs the support of generous and forward-thinking organizations that recognize the importance of encouraging students to begin exploring careers in science, technology, and engineering.  Learn more about investing in Camp Reach by contacting the program director, Sue Sontgerath at +1-508-831-5286

Camp Reach is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors over the past 16 years. 

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Annual Reports

To find out more about the 2010 Camp Reach program, view our annual report.