Girls Reach for New Horizons at WPI Camp REACH

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - This summer 30 local girls will tackle three projects to help the community while boosting their enthusiasm for the world of engineering.

Camp REACH (Reinventing Engineering and Creating New Horizons) is a summer residential program for Massachusetts girls who have completed sixth grade and who are interested in learning about engineering and technology. The girls will come to WPI for two weeks, from July 23 to Aug. 4, to work on one of three projects.

"One is for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Worcester, designing a Web site that will be used as part of their adult volunteer recruitment," said Camp REACH Director Denise Nicoletti of Petersham, Mass., an associate professor in WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. "The second involves the design of a toddler playground for Quinsigamond Village Community Center. And the third is the design of a display to be used in new park near Worcester Airport that will honor (rocket science pioneer and WPI alumnus) Robert Goddard."

The goal of Camp REACH, now in its fourth year, is to develop interest in engineering while building confidence and self-esteem.

"We want to show them what engineering is like as a career," said Nicoletti, "so we give the girls a real project to solve as a team."

A program fee of $350 covers tuition, instructional materials, food, housing, field trips and recreational activities for the entire program. Scholarships based on income are available. The following Massachusetts girls have been accepted to participate in this summer's Camp REACH:

  • Christine Aloia of Uxbridge
  • Stephanie Bearce of Lancaster
  • Jennifer Carroll of Lunenburg
  • Erin Dagle of Northborough
  • Erin Day of Charlton
  • Julie Ducharme of North Oxford
  • Danielle Duval of Worcester
  • Stacey Frenette of Leominster
  • Aimee Girard of Harvard
  • Elizabeth Green of Hubbardston
  • Allison Hoch of Harvard
  • Riley Laycox of Winchendon
  • Elizabeth LeBlanc of Canton
  • Natalie Lopez of Worcester
  • Alison MacFadden of Brimfield
  • Carrie Mahoney of Worcester
  • Stephanie McPherson of Douglas
  • Jessie Miller of Harvard
  • Fatima Mohammed of Worcester
  • Jacqueline Mooney of Sterling
  • Cali O'Connor of Paxton
  • Alicia Pepper of Worcester
  • Jill Marie Powers of Leominster
  • Carolyn Purington of Rutland
  • Julia Randall of Westborough
  • Bethany Stolz of Hubbardston
  • Ruth Toomey of Worcester
  • Ally Treen of Leominster
  • Samantha Tucker of Leominster
  • Katherine Zephir of Leominster

Founded in 1865, WPI enrolls 2,700 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students in science, engineering, management, humanities and arts, and social sciences. WPI students complete three projects to fulfill the university's graduation requirements; Camp REACH's hands-on projects are modeled on the same philosophy.

For more information, please contact WPI's Outreach Programs office at 508-831-5819.