The Texas Graduate Center, in partnership with La Joya ISD, and The Organization of Women Executives, launched GEM Camp for a third year this summer. Girls Engaged in Mathematics is a math camp focused on improving girls’ ability and confidence in math. Dr. Alda Benavides, La Joya ISD superintendent, initiated the creation of GEM Camp when she expressed an interest in preparing the districts young girls to have greater confidence and skill in mathematics. With the support from Texas Valley Communities Foundation, a local non-profit organization with a mission to further education in South Texas, her vision was realized. This year’s camp focused on rising 3rd and 4th grade girls.
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Studies show that learning environment, instructional experiences and positive support are important factors in improving girls’ ability and skills in math and increasing their aspirations towards careers in STEM. Girls Engaged in Mathematics (GEM) provides an excellent venue for girls to explore mathematics and develop skills and attitudes to help them be successful in math. GEM also increases math confidence and reduces the anxiety towards math that girls often experience.
Create a math-minded CAMP culture designed to build girls’ confidence and skill in mathematics and reduce anxiety about mathematics.
Introduce real-world problem solving and concept development focused on the Texas Essential Knowldge and Skills and STAAR Objectives.
Utilize interactive methodolgy using all learning modalities.
Apply math knowledge to purposeful tasks focused on college readiness and STEM careers.