Fashion FUNdamentals STEM program for middle-school girls set for June 11-22

Two girls laugh as they work together on a project.


Fashion FUNdamentals, a two-week summer STEM program designed to enhance girls’ interests in science, technology, engineering, and math is open for additional applicants. The 2018 program will run from June 11-22 and applications can be found at

Fashion FUNdamentals is available for girls entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades in fall 2018, and is hosted each year by the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University.

The two weeks cover two specific program areas: technical and social. The technical programs engage girls in hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to develop solutions to real-world problems in the global fashion industry.

The social programming focuses on media literacy, body image, internet safety and anti-bullying, and will highlight the importance of balanced nutrition and physical activity. The program seeks to address topics of concern among adolescent girls, and thus has the potential to positively influence the self-esteem and academic performance of the participants.

Girls show off their skirt designs.

The program concludes with a reception, where girls will model their original designs for friends and family.

The 2018 program fee is $400 per participant. Fashion FUNdamentals is offered at no cost to girls who participate in their schools’ free and reduced lunch programs.

To apply for Fashion FUNdamentals or find more information, visit

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

CSU University Communications Staff