STEM Summer Institute – For Teachers

DSC02452_compressed.jpgDo you teach 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade girls?  Are some of these girls interested in helping others – perhaps even in a global context?  Do they like to solve problems?  Are they excited to use their hands to create something?  Then perhaps the STEM Summer Institute is for these girls you have in mind.  This summer the Gifft Hill School has "hired" the 9th through 12th grade participants to maximize collection of rain water and irrigate the school's garden.

Participants of the rising 7th and 8th grade institutes will have a completely separate one week option. In week two, the girls will be working on improving the playground at the Gifft Hill School Lower School campus.


Participants will use the engineering design process to manage the redesign along with appropriate scientific inquiry, statistical analyses, computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, and hands-on prototype building to accomplish this task.  We'll also do things to make this feel a bit more like a traditional camp - and not just academics – and include topics like college planning and building up the girls’ social capital.


The Center for STEM Education for Girls is hosting the STEM Summer Institute for rising 9th and 10th grade girls and the STEM Summer Institute for rising 11th and 12th grade girls June 11-22, 2018.  The two separate STEM Summer Institutes for rising 7th and 8th grade girls will be held June 18-22, 2018.  Participants may live in any county, though transportation will be made available only for girls in Davidson County, TN.


Applications for all students are due March 6, 2018.  Please note that participants do not have to excel in their science or mathematics classes.  We are truly looking for girls who want to participate and problem solve, using  a method we will teach called the engineering design process.


Though the registration fee is $700 for the 9th-12th grade institute and $350 for the 7th-8th grade institute, scholarship money is available and families are encouraged to apply.  Transportation assistance will be provided for those in need.


Please contact Mrs. Becky Smith at if you would like her to visit your school to meet with interested girls during the school day.