eSMART 2021 will be June 2-4
Thanks for your interest in eSMART summer camp for girls. This camp is (normally) the only sleep-over STEM summer camp in southern Utah -we’re doing it as a day camp in 2021 because of COVID-19. It is for any girl entering the 8th or 9th grade the fall following camp. Information on camp specifics is generally available in January each year. Financial assistance is based on financial need and is generally restricted to campers living within about 100 miles of St. George.
eSMART (Exploring Science, Math and Related Technologies) is a summer camp for girls that was 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 camp in the laboratories and 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 downtime to let the girls get to 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 $300 (normally, but it’s just $75 for camp in 2021) 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. If you need a fee waiver for your girl to attend camp, please register and make the request. You are not committing to attending camp if you request the fee waiver until you know if you have received assistance. However, if one of our partners (ETS for example) is sponsoring you, you will have a code to enter and can consider your camper accepted and committed to attending camp.
Complete the registration online. If you have correctly filled out the registration form and your $300 camp fee 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.
Girls will be housed in DSU dorms on campus. The rooms can accommodate 1-2 campers. We will send out a room type and roommate request form in late May, but requests for more than one roommate will not be accepted. Campers are assigned to teams of eight 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 all DSU employees working with minors. 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).
We get many requests from families whose campers would like to experience eSMART a second time. We prioritize space for girls entering the 8th grade the fall after camp and those entering 9th grade who have not yet had a chance to attend camp, but we sometimes make spots available to returning campers if we have a few left in May. If your girl is interested in attending camp again, please email Dr. Erin to get on that waitlist.
eSmart a summer camp is going to be a three-day day camp in 2021 because of COVID-19. If you are paying camp fees or have a code provided by a program to cover fees, you are registering for camp when you submit this form. If you are applying for a need-based fee waiver, we do not ask you to commit to attending camp until we let you know if you have been approved.
Email confirmations will go out monthly until the month before camp and then they will go out weekly (typically on Mondays unless that is a holiday and then it will go out on the next business day).