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Math Camp for Girls

Macomb, IL – A summer camp at WIU challenges the myth that young girls are not skilled in math. The camp is called Girls Plus. It's open to junior high girls from around the country who excel in math. Program Director Candace Rosene says the idea for the program came from a series of national tests more than 15 years ago. It showed some young women were choosing not to take math or science courses. Rosene says the last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of females taking math or science courses. She believes this is in part due to new requirements that students take a certain amount of math before graduating from high school.