Middle school girls learn about engineering careers at camp

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About 80 middle school girls flew the airplanes they designed and built at the Grand Valley Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp conclusion event June 21.

A group of certified pilots helped campers fly their airplanes at the Warped Wings Fly Field in Allendale. During the four-day camp, the students got a glimpse into the careers of engineers, an occupation made up of 10 percent women. The same camp will run from June 25-28.

The program is held early enough to influence a student’s choice of math, science, and technical courses in middle and high school. These courses help prepare them to enter and succeed in college-level programs.

The camp is coordinated by Grand Valley’s Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing with support from Alcoa Foundation, Alcoa Howmet-Whitehall Operations, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, West Michigan Aviation Academy and SME Education Foundation.

For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/steps.