Camp REACH Young Women Make New Playground Design a Reality
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 7, 2002
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616
Worcester, Mass. - May 7, 2002 - Professor Denise Nicoletti sees a parallel between the redesign of a Worcester playground, and the fertile minds of young girls exposed to science and engineering. Prof. Nicoletti, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Director of REACH, has worked with teams of girls for the last six years showing them the excitement, challenge and creativity of learning about technology. Camp REACH (Reinventing Engineering and Creating New Horizons) is a residential program for Massachusetts girls who have completed sixth grade and who are interested in learning about engineering and technology. Each year three teams tackle design projects.
In 2000, a team of 10 campers helped design a new playground at the corner of Austin and Newbury streets in Worcester. Specifically, they worked on ground covering and landscaping.
On Saturday, May 11, the team members and their families will plant the flowers that they selected as part of a bigger neighborhood celebration.
"These girls were part of a team called the Piedmont Street Crime Prevention Team," said Prof. Nicoletti. "They really blossomed with this project and became very friendly with the neighborhood families who will be positively affected by this work."
The Camp REACH team will be working and celebrating from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, but the festivities will continue through mid-afternoon.
The goal of Camp REACH, which is hosted each summer at WPI, is to develop interest in engineering while building confidence and self-esteem, according to director Denise Nicoletti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI.
More information about the program can be found at https://www.wpi.edu/+reach.
|WHAT:||Camp REACH Team - Crime Prevention/Playground Planting Event|
|WHERE:||Playground at the corner of Austin and Newbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts|
|WHEN:||Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m.|
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