Foundation presents grant for Pfeiffer camp

Published 9:04 am Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Stanly County Community Foundation has awarded Pfeiffer University with a $10,000 grant to fund STEM for Girls!, an immersive camp for 25 female students in grades 7-11 enrolled in Stanly County Schools.
The summer camp will take place at Pfeiffer University Monday through Thursday.
Pfeiffer University will partner with Stanly Community College to offer young girls their first exposure to a college campus and the possibilities of a STEM career. The STEM collaboration is the first of its kind between Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College and will offer an array of enhanced STEM activities. The partnership between the county’s two institutions of higher education will prevent overlap and greatly benefit the young people of Stanly.
STEM for Girls! blends recreation, lab sciences, creative thinking and problem-solving exercises. Throughout the week students will participate in hands-on experiences at Pfeiffer and SCC covering genetics, bacteria, biology, gardening, and biodiversity and ecology.
Students will conduct experiments at the Pfeiffer University campus in the Harris Annex, Lab 101, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, students will travel to Stanly Community College for two additional STEM sessions from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from 1:15-4:15 p.m.
Pfeiffer professor Laura Lowder, program director for STEM for Girls!, has been organizing STEM day camps for young people in elementary, middle and high school on the Pfeiffer campus since 2014.
For program specific information contact Lowder by email at or by phone 704-463-3155.