Rising 8th grade girls engage in week-long STEM learning camp

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sixty-four girls from across Alabama are spending the week at the American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek Camp at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. This camp allows the girls to engage in STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learning while building their self-confidence.

“Girls, women, we can achieve anything that men can,” camper Sulekha Ramesh said.

This overnight camp extends through Saturday, June 27. The girls have the chance to build their own rockets then launch them from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Friday, make electroplated charms and learn more about cyber security.

In order to take part in the camp, 180 science and math teachers nominated one rising 8th grade girl, then Tech Trek’s Staff interviewed 120 from that list and selected 65.

“I’m so honored to be here and meet all these other different girls who love science and to learn more about women in STEM,” Camper Sloane Donovan said.

The entire week costs the girls only $50. The rest is funded through donors. Lockheed Martin and Verizon offer their support of encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.