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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Tomorrow Is Mine shows children their futures are open to whatever they want to do [Register-Herald]

WVU Tech’s Tomorrow Is Mine Camp, a weeklong summer camp program where children ages 10 to 13 have a chance to explore different careers and make new friends while still enjoying a traditional camping experience.

Tomorrow Is Mine's 36 campers have come from several southern West Virginia counties, including Boone, Wyoming, McDowell, Lincoln. Logan, Raleigh, and Summers.

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Like its students, Camp STEM reaches its teens

WVU Tech’s longest-running summer camp program has turned 13. Camp STEM is designed to introduce high school boys and girls to concepts and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The weeklong, overnight camp returned this year with another chance for students in the Mountain State to explore STEM.

“There’s a different balance in the camp this year,” said Dr. Kimberlyn Gray, a professor in the WVU Tech chemical engineering department and organizer of the camp.

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