Tech Trek camp growing, putting more girls on track to success in STEM fields

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - As the third annual Tech Trek camp wound down at UAH Friday, 65 campers from across Alabama met with some of the donors and supporters of the program to show off their projects.

During the one-week, residential camp, the students developed apps, built robots, studied cyber security and made their own energy-efficient "tiny houses."

The camp is a partnership between the American Association of University Women and UAH.

It's targeted to rising 8th graders because data shows this is the time when girls tend to move away from the STEM fields, even if they've always been interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math.

Prior to selection, students are nominated by their 7th grade teachers, submit their applications and complete an interview.

While the first year focused on North Alabama, the program has since expanded. This year, the campers came from across the state to experience the hands-on learning and activities.

Thanks to grants and other support, the camp only costs $50 and help is available for families who have difficulty with the fee.