eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related Technologies) is a summer camp for girls entering the 8th grade started by the St. George, Utah chapter of the American Association of University Women to encourage our girls to reach high and love to learn so they can be anything they want to be. Dixie State University is our main partner and hosts the camps.
Girls spend five days and four nights in the dorms at DSU as part of their first college experience! Camp includes a variety of STEM workshops taught by successful women in STEM careers including topics including planetary science, local archaeology, genetics, food science, computer programming, electronics, geology, and many more. Activities are all hands on and include a day at Zion National Park and an afternoon studying physics and diving physiology at the DSU pool. We always make sure that there is down time and fun time to let the girls get know each other and learn to work together. All of the camp counselors are women STEM majors at DSU with teams of ten campers assigned to a specific counselor to make sure that all of our campers get the attention they need.
AAUW St. George Branch holds fundraisers, applies for grants, and accepts donations year round to operate the eSMART Camps. While the cost to run the camp is ~$600/camper, families are only charged $150 to make sure that all girls can attend. In addition, we are able to provide a limited number of need-based fee waivers to further reduce the cost of camp.
Complete the registration online. If you have correctly filled out the registration form and your payment has been completely processed, you will receive an email confirming your registration information. If you do not receive an email immediately, there is probably an issue with having your payment processed. Please contact Dr. O’Brien (information below) to see if you should re-register.
Basic Camp Information
Girls will housed in DSU dorms on campus. The rooms can accommodate two campers. We will send out a roommate request form in late May, but requests for more than one roommate will not be accepted. Campers are assigned to teams of ten girls who have a dedicated camp counselor who is also a female STEM major at DSU and who has passed the same background checks required of Washington County School District teachers. Activities will include a variety of workshops in the DSU science and computer labs, a day trip to Zion National Park, and an afternoon at the DSU pool (for the physics of water and diving physiology).
For more information about eSMART please contact our Camp Director: Dr. Erin O’Brien, 435-652-7761 or send an email to eSMART@aauw-stgeorge.org.
We get many requests from families whose campers would like to experience eSMART a second time. We prioritize space to girls who have never attended eSMART before and those entering the 8th grade the fall after camp, but we sometimes make spots available to students entering the 9th grade and returning campers if we have a few left in May.