EWU camp teaches girls about science, tech careers

The Tech Trek Camp offers classes in programming, app building, chemistry and even robotics.

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University's Tech Trek Camp hosted a group of middle school girls to teach them about science and technology careers.

Camp organizers said each girl had to apply in order to be selected for the July camp. The week long program offers classes in programming, app building, chemistry and even robotics.

"My hope is that they get inspired by doing the science, by being outside in nature, by being physically active this encourages them to pursue these fields," said camp director Kate Aultman.

Camp counselors said they hope to help get more women into industries where they are noticeably outnumbered by men. These fields include science, technology, engineering and math.

"We're targeting middle schools because this is the point in time in their education when they tend to veer off from science and begin to believe that they can't do it," said Aultman.

Girls at the camp made hot air balloons, music on the computer and even chap stick from chemicals.

"Women can do anything guys can do," said one camper.

"You just got to believe in yourself," said another.


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