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Updating the GIRLS code: How a WVU Tech student is helping girls explore new careers

There is a long hallway that runs the length of Collins Middle School in Oak Hill, West Virginia. It’s usually pretty quiet this time of year, but on a Thursday morning in late July, that usual summer quiet was replaced with the sound of chatter, clacking keyboards and the unmistakable whirring of tiny motors.

A group of seventh-graders stood at one end of the hall, watching a small robot make hairpin turns as it navigated its way through a maze of purple tape. When it came to a stop, the girls exchanged congratulatory high fives. They were celebrating the culmination of days of work at the new Girls Interested in Robotics Lego and Scratch program.

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Academy returns to showcase girl power in STEM

Girls Academy students

Last week marked the end of summer camp season at WVU Tech as the STEM Summer Academy for Girls wrapped up on Friday. The five-day program brings in high school girls from throughout the region to explore careers and concepts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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