What is Horizons?
The Horizons program is intended to help girls embrace the excitement of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and to better understand and communicate its everyday use and importance.
We believe that the adolescent years are very crucial in a person's development. During this time, young people are investigating their identity, which is often based on the things or people around them and how they interact with them. From this, they tend to formulate “conclusions” about themselves and their career goals as compared to a societal norm. Sadly, although girls have an aptitude equal to boys in science, engineering, and mathematics, few choose to pursue careers in these areas. We're hoping that encouragement at this pivotal age may make the difference.
Through fun and challenging hands-on projects, the Horizons curriculum uses an integrated instructional module in mathematics, science and engineering that is supported by the arts and technology. We believe in a holistic approach to education. Additionally, it is important to foster growth and balance in the life of a participant in every course. Thus, the life skills component further enhances instruction as participants build confidence, personal insight, leadership skills and team spirit in an emotionally supported learning environment.
At Horizons, participants are taught by a predominantly female staff composed of teachers and other professionals. Our young guests are also accompanied and mentored by program assistants who are undergraduate or graduate college women who excel in STEAM disciplines. Group sizes are small so that each participant has the opportunity to form a lasting relationship with staff and peers.
Horizons I will accept approximately 180 participants, with 90 girls scheduled for each of the 2 weeks. Horizons II will accept approximately 120 participants, with 60 scheduled for each of the 2 weeks. Horizons III will accept approximately 48 participants, with 24 scheduled for each of the 2 weeks.