USciences Professor Speaks About Girls in STEM at Philippine State University
Written by Rosie DiGironimo
Published on July 13, 2020
Roberto Ramos, PhD, associate professor of Physics at USciences, spoke about promoting science, technology, engineering, and math careers among women and girls during a webinar with Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology located in Iligan City, Philippines.
Dr. Ramos, who spoke to STEM teachers teaching in public schools in the Philippines, shared that he became fascinated with the promotion of STEM among girls when his daughter expressed an interest in the fields. Often girls and women are given fewer opportunities to study science and math throughout their education, limiting their interest in the fields, Dr. Ramos said.
He sought to support early STEM education for girls to build confidence in science and math opening the possibilities for future careers. The webinar was required by the Philippine Department of Education for all STEM teachers.
Dr. Ramos began the Physics Wonder Girls Camp, a week-long, free STEM camp for 8th- and 9th-grade girls in the Philly-South Jersey. The physics outreach camp aims to sustain the interest in these middle school girls in science by providing lessons, demonstrations, physics-based games, and inspiring STEM career talks.
The camp gained national attention and was awarded a grant through the E2 Energy to EducateSM grant program, which is funded through Constellation (an Exelon company). Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the camp will not run for the summer of 2020. However, Dr. Ramos and his team of undergraduate mentors are eager and excited to continue the camp next summer.