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Funston girls at Project Exploration Spring Break Engineering Camp

Motorola Mobility Partners With Project Exploration for Spring Break Engineering Camp

Weeklong Immersion in Product Design and Engineering for 24 Girls From Funston Elementary

Chicago — Monday, April 6th – Friday, April 10th, Project Exploration (PE) and Motorola Mobility will implement a STEM Engineering Exploration Camp for twenty-four 6th–8th grade girls at Logan Square’s Funston Elementary School, with support from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Women from Motorola Mobility will mentor the girls, leading engaging hands-on activities focused on product development. Topics will include research, design, prototype creation, and marketing. Using the engineering and design principals they encounter, participants will invent and design their own unique products, and create presentations that highlight their usefulness.

The program includes field trips to Motorola Mobility’s headquarters at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. The program will culminate on April 10, 2015 when students will pitch their product design to Motorola executives during a “shark tank” style presentation.

"One of the Motorola Mobility Foundation's biggest initiatives is to increase access to STEAM curricula, so it’s very exciting to introduce girls in the community to STEAM skills and career paths. We’re delighted and honored to partner with Project Exploration for the upcoming Spring Break Engineering Camp." – Eve Bills, Motorola product manager

Project Exploration programs at Funston are provided in partnership with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and include Sisters4Science (a weekly afterschool program where girls meet a variety of female scientists), and the upcoming 2015 Summer Science Camp.

Says LSNA’s Lissette Moreno Kuri, Director of Community Learning Centers: “The Logan Square Neighborhood Association is very excited to offer our young girls a program that introduces them to positive role models, stimulates their minds, and encourages them to think about science careers. We here at LSNA cannot over emphasize the importance of community partners like Project Exploration to strengthening our community, and we hope that our partnership continues to grow in other Logan Square schools.”

By providing girls with a nurturing environment to encounter science, the program aims to encourage them to:

  • Develop higher self-esteem about their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and decisions
  • Understand the roles that contribute to research, product management, design, and engineering
  • Improve their communication skills through the process of sales, marketing, and informing others about their product

In recognition of their achievements, girls who complete the program will earn digital badges.

For more information, please contact: Project Exploration: Syda Taylor, Motorola Mobility: Monica Hauser, Logan Square Neighborhood Association: Maria Trejo, Funston Elementary (LSNA): Amy Agosto,

Keywords: girls stem community school funston logan square science engineering camp project exploration motorola

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