INDIANOLA, Iowa - Building a robot, designing an app, even extracting DNA from a banana - these are what you'll find girls doing at Simpson College this week.
The American Association of University Women's "Tech Trek" is a camp in its first year at Simpson College aimed at fostering middle school girls' passions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 44 girls were nominated and applied for the week-long summer camp, and about 36 ended up attending, camp director Sue Edwards said.
Tech Trek aims to engage girls in STEM in new ways, giving girls a "break from the typical middle school scene." Instead of textbooks and memorization, these girls are getting hands-on experience in coding, mobile apps, biology and chemistry. The App Inventor course, developed in collaboration with MIT and Verizon, shows girls how technology can help solve some of the world's biggest problems. Girls in the camp can apply their coding skills in robotics, video games, animation and even fashion design.
The camp started Sunday evening and runs through Saturday, June 27.