Why is Girls Count just for girls?
Our mission is to create a fun and interactive experience with math that encourages more girls to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers. Our program is based on the research that girls want to understand “why” math works the way it does instead of just practicing and repeating procedures. Girls are naturally inclined toward communication and connection-making, and our camps encourage this way of thinking.
My daughter is struggling with math. Will she be able to participate?
Absolutely! We use problem-solving techniques and collaboration to reason through mathematics rather than reciting math facts. Girls regularly work in groups to share methods and ideas so they can learn from each other and deepen their own understanding. Our classes focus on logic, reasoning, and creative thinking, which we have seen over and over again as the challenges for most students.
My daughter is in TAG (talented and gifted). Can she register for classes above her grade level?
Since we use complex problems that are not used in a typical classroom, TAG students should receive the proper challenges to keep them engaged, so we recommend registering for her current grade level.
Where are you located?
We work out of various locations. See listings for details.
6516 SE 87th Ave
Portland, OR 979266
What is your tax id?
Our EIN# is 84-3078754. Girls Count is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
How are mixed grade level classes taught?
We design classes within consecutive grade levels because students come to our camps with different levels of math knowledge. Our activities use math that is appropriate for the designated age groups.
When did Girls Count start?
We formed in the fall of 2019 as a non-profit but transitioned from a for-profit called Math In Color which ran for three years. Our transition to a non-profit began so that we could qualify for funding to offer scholarships and scaled enrollment options.
My daughter came to Math In Color. Is this the same camp?
Not quite. While Math In Color combined math and art with daily math crafts, Girls Count focuses on the process of solving math problems, developing strategies, and looking at math problems not found in textbooks. We want girls to see the value of mathematics and how it explains the world around us.
What should we bring to camp?
Please bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. We eat lunch outside so we suggest a layer of sunscreen. Please refrain from sending girls to camp with toys (including phones!) that could distract others.
Do your camps have early drop off/late pick up?
Unfortunately not at this time. We work hard to make sure that our camps are filled with math activities from start to finish and do not have the staff or facilities to run extended programming. We strongly encourage signing up with a friend or neighbor you can carpool with.
What is your camp cancellation policy?
For a 90% refund, cancellations must be made 30 days prior.
For a 75% refund, cancellations must be made 15 days prior.
For a 50% refund, cancellations must be made 7 days prior.
There will be no refunds made less than one week prior to the start of camp.
For partial payments, a refund will be given, when applicable, to the amount paid.