Last week, 118 young girls from the third to eighth-grade range had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the 2023 iBIO STEMgirls Summer Camp. This year’s camp focused on engineering to limit the human impacts of natural and man-made disasters. The campers were exposed to a gamut of exciting topics, ranging from earthquakes, landslides and dams, meteor strikes, to oil spills. During their exploration, the campers also visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, where they learned all about storm science during a magnificent field trip.

Abbott, the lead sponsor for the camp, provided the campers with an iBIO STEM Kit to help nurture their passion for STEM beyond the camp. The kit came with hands-on materials, written instructions in English and Spanish, links to instructional videos, and profiles of women working in STEM, underscoring the importance of girls in STEM fields.

It was a week full of fun and thrilling experiences for the young girls, and the iBIO community and the sponsors were proud to play a part in nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders. A special thanks goes out to all the generous donors, including Abbott, Horizon Therapeutics and the Steans Family Foundation, who made the camp successful. See the pictures below for a glimpse of the camp’s highlights.