Surveys of campers 5 years after participating in B-WISER reflect the long-term success of the program. On average, B-WISER participants took 1.7 more science classes than the average high school student, with 71% of alumnae indicating that B-WISER had a significant impact on what courses they have taken. 100% of respondents plan to attend college, and 79% plan to major in science in college. Prior campers were asked about how well B-WISER met specific goals based on a 5-point scale (with 3=neutral). When asked how much their camp experience increased their interest in science the average score was 4.4, and when asked to what degree B-WISER broadened their knowledge of STEM careers, camper gave an average score of 4.5.
Surveys of current campers also reveal that B-WISER has done well at meeting its short-term objectives. This year’s campers showed increased confidence in and understanding of science, rating their knowledge of various scientific topics an average of 1.3 point higher at the end of the camp on a 5-point scale. When surveyed about how well B-WISER camp met specific goals, campers gave an average score of 4.2 out of 5, and the overall score for satisfaction with their B-WISER experience was 4.5 out of 5, with 96% recommending the program.
Anonymous TESTIMONIALS from prior campers:
“This camp has truly inspired me to go to college and pursue a degree of science. The friendships and connections I have made through this camp have been so beneficial for me. This camp made me who I am and every young girl in stem should have this experience!”
“I loved B-WISER and still remember everything I accomplished. Throughout middle school, I attended three different science camps, and I’d have to say that B-WISER was my favorite.”
“This camp really opened me up to all of the possibilities that I could have with a science career! I’m planning on getting my doctorate degree in audiology!”