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MONTREAL — It’s been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike’s buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it’s always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

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Girls-Only Robotics Camp


What do robots, an obstacle course, and bright pink tee shirts have in common?

They’re all signs that perhaps the stereotype boys are better in math and science is changing. And at the girls-only Summer Robotics Camp at FLATE, short for Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, in Brandon, camp organizers couldn’t be more excited to see the success.

“There is particularly interest in raising the numbers of girls and minorities too non-traditionally represented in the STEM workforce,” says FLATE Director Marilyn Barger.

STEM is short for science, technology and math - three fields statistics show boys typically outperform their girl counterparts.

But research indicates when teachers and parents offer girls more opportunities within these fields, achievement levels increase. And that is just what the camp offers.

Campers dressed in hot pink tee shirts to celebrate the movement toward girls in the science lab, spend one week learning how to program robots to respond to the sound of a clap instead of remote control. The final exam includes navigating the robot through an obstacle course, incorporating distance and 90 degree turns, without knocking down any of the upside-down water bottles which line the perimeter. Teams race to achieve this in the shortest amount of time.

For camp student, 12 year old Souvanna Dickerson, she has seen the change in perception about science among her fellow teammates during the week long program.

She adds, “Some people came here and they didn’t really care about science and they didn’t see what was so great about it but now they got to see how everything worked.”

For these girls, it’s a unique hands on learning opportunity that may just shift the future of science into the hands of a new gender.

Check out my visit to the Girl’s Robotics Camp by following this link: Girl’s Robotics Camp

For more information, log on to http://www.fl-ate.org or http://www.flate-mif.blogspot.com

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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
Yanks wither under Rays bats in 16-1 rout
Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Hanigan, center, is congratulated on his two-run home run by teammate Wil Myers in the fourth inning. Both men hit two homers in the game.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Powered by Ryan Hanigan, Wil Myers and Evan Longoria, the Rays' offense was outstanding again against New York..
Teen's quinceañera wish comes true
Lena Young Green and her family say they are concerned about the conflicting reports surrounding the death of her husband, Arthur Green Jr.
 FAMILY PHOTO
Tampa family talks to lawyer about diabetic driver’s death
“I feel good,” Ondrej Palat said after he spent about 30 minutes on the ice in Tampa, where his workout included taking some shots against G Ben Bishop.
Bolts Notes: Palat confident he’ll play in Game 3

Opinion

Fennelly: Friendly rivalry grows among childhood pals

MONTREAL — It’s been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike’s buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it’s always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

Editorials:
Editorial: Right time for pension reform
Bollywood comes to Tampa
Editorial: Protecting natural springs should be a priority
Letters:
Obamacare will harm the doctor-patient relationship
Letters to the editor: Not automatic

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