Newsletter 2018-09-01

DCC Newsletter

Hello DCC Supporter,

Back to School! This has always been one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the excitement of the challenges ahead, the hope of dreams and goals to be achieved, and the collective spirit that is garnered by so many embarking on a fresh phase of a journey in lifelong learning.

As we wrap up a remarkable summer here at Design Connect Create, we hold a similar “back-to-school” anticipation for what lies ahead. Having just completed my first summer as DCC Executive Director, I know that I continue to be inspired by the young women who attended our camps, and I know that you will be, too. In this newsletter, we share an update from our summer, including highlight videos and student testimonials, and give you a sneak peek at what’s to come in 2019.

For equity in STEM,

Meagan Pollock, PhD
Executive Director

This summer, Design Connect Create hosted 10 two-week physics camps, and 230 young women across the state of Texas actively participated! Camps were in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Duncanville, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, and also at Rice University (Houston), and UT Dallas (Richardson). We encourage you to download our report to learn more about our 2018 summer program.

Watch a video recap of our field trip to UT Arlington Bioengineering!

Field Trip to UT Arlington
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Student Testimonials
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Hear Tori Watson and Julianne Tai share about their experiences at the Townview (Dallas ISD) camp.

Student Testimonials
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Hear Shams Alsafi and Cristiana Miele share about their experiences at the UT Dallas camp.

CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
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The Grand Prairie Physics Camp participants had fun with circuits. Watch for the LED lights and student faces to light up!

CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
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Do pigs fly? They do at Design Connect Create Physics Camp! Watch as the participants of the North Dallas camp examine circular motion.
CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
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STEM needs creativity, and we can use creativity to teach STEM! Watch as Forth Worth students explore light, color and filters.

Kanika Carver

Volunteer Spotlight: Kanika Carver

Kanika works for Texas Instruments and is a member of the DCC Executive Board. This summer Kanika was a volunteer speaker and role model for students at the UT Dallas camp. In addition, Kanika is helping lead our North Texas Giving Day Campaign. We depend on volunteers like Kanika to help us reach our goals!

Thank you!
We want to thank all of our volunteers, university partners, field trip hosts, guest speakers, donors, and our team members for helping to make this a remarkable summer. We really could not achieve what we have without you.

Planning for 2019
We are still finalizing our plans for 2019, and yet we are confident that we have some exciting things in store. We are exploring expanding our camp portfolio to include a one week camp for middle school girls. We are researching and market testing a product line of items that expand student awareness of opportunities in STEM. And finally, we are continuing to optimize and improve our physics program so that we may best serve the needs of young women.

So far, we have 1/3 of our camps confirmed, and aim to open registration late fall. You can stay up to date on our 2019 planning here.  We’d like to host 10 camps again this summer, yet reach more than 300 students, and we need your help. We depend on you, our donors, to help us reach more students. Each camp costs ~$30K, and the more funding we receive, the more camps we can offer and students we can serve!

As you consider how you will give on North Texas Giving Day, September 20, we hope you will keep us in mind. We have a commitment to match up to $10K dollars in gifts, so your gift will go twice as far!