o What: Science in Action Day features college faculty and local STEM experts leading hands-on activities throughout the day, followed by a keynote speaker. NERD (Not Even Remotely Dorky) Girls is a science, technology, engineering and math program at Clark College. Its mission is to break down the stereotypes concerning women in STEM fields through outreach and campus events.
o When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25.
o Where: Penguin Union Building, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.
oCost: Free to local middle and high school students.
As they carried their clay volcanoes into a classroom, about 25 fourth- and fifth-graders talked excitedly about what would happen next at after-school science camp: volcanic eruptions.
Monday afternoon was the last day of a six-week after-school science camp at Harney Elementary School led by NERD Girls, a team of Clark College instructors and students who focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
NERD stands for Not Even Remotely Dorky.
The purpose of NERD Girls is to break down the stereotypes of women in STEM fields through outreach and campus events. Students pay a $5 fee to participate in the class. If families can’t afford the $5, the school’s parent-teacher organization pays for it.