Focused on STEM

Virginia camp for minority STEM learners

The drive to make sure women are deservedly represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields extends all the way to early teenagers. In at least one case, it also enfolds another righteous initiative of making sure minority students aren’t overlooked.

FOCUS, a girls’ summer camp held June 26-30 at George Mason University, is designed to make the benefits and resources of these fields readily available to girls of all races. The camp for middle school students, in its fourth year, centers around disciplines in which women have traditionally been underrepresented.

FOCUS, which stands for “females of color and those underrepresented in STEM,” drew a diverse group of campers to George Mason’s Fairfax, Va., campus.

Of about 100 participants, 44 percent were African-American, 20 percent Asian-American, 13 percent Hispanic, 6 percent of Middle Eastern descent and 4 percent white. Others identified as multiracial or preferred not to respond .

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