The Main Event

The main event of FEMMES is a free one-day outreach program introducing young women from Chapel Hill, Orange and Chatham County (4th through 6th grade) to math, science and engineering. This will be the fourth year of the program at Duke and will be UNC’s second time holding the main event.
The goal of FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) is to give girls hands-on experience in fields where women are often greatly under-represented. By using female volunteers and faculty members, we hope to demonstrate that women can and do excel in these fields. Each faculty volunteer directs a hands-on activity that shows something interesting and fun about their area of expertise. Student volunteers lead groups to the activities and act as mentors for the day to our program’s participants.


In the morning, participants will receive tote bags and be escorted to their designated groups. Each group will have approximately 10-15 girls, and will be led by two student leaders who will accompany the girls throughout the day. The student leaders are all female UNC-Chapel Hill students who have an interest in math, science, or engineering. All groups will attend morning speeches given by a UNC faculty members
Subsequently, each group will attend two 45-minute activities. Each group will attend a different activity during the scheduled time periods. All activities will be led by a female UNC faculty member, and are to be held in Carrington Hall (Nursing School). After the second activity, lunch will be provided. Our faculty volunteers will also be eating lunch, so they will be walking around and available should our participants have questions or wish to get to know them better. There will be two more 45-minute activities in the afternoon, followed by closing remarks at the end of the day.

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