By Bobby Ellis
For Arushi Gupta, there’s a specific goal in mind when it comes to her summer STEM camps for girls.
“We all feel like STEM is dominated by guys, so we’re out to try and make it fun,” said Gupta, as she lead a group of young girls in the Bon Air Public Library in Louisville. “We want to show young girls that there’s nothing wrong with liking things like science, math and engineering. We’re out to empower them.”
Gupta, a junior at duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County), is the Kentucky regional director of STEM You Can!, a nonprofit organization that seeks to make STEM more fun and accessible for elementary and middle school girls.
Gupta and her friend, Sanjana Kothari, founded the Kentucky chapter after reaching out to Kothari’s friend, Sabina London in New Jersey, who founded the national organization.
“It was my friend who started the actual STEM You Can! organization,” said Kothari. “And both Arushi and I were really excited to get involved, so when I reached out to her, things started moving pretty easily and pretty quickly. The organization is growing really quickly.”
On this particular day, Gupta, Kothari and two other STEM camp counselors were teaching campers about biology using several different techniques, including making a food web using yarn, making mud pudding to demonstrate biological decay and having food chain drawing contests.
If you are interested in STEM You Can! visit the group’s website to see more about its mission and find a summer camp near you.