With an increased emphasis on teaching high school students to prepare for the STEM fields, one university is finding that girls thrive at science and engineering camp.
Camp STEM was hosted by the West Virginia University Institute of Technology for two weeks. This year for the first time, the camp reserved a week just for girls. The industry sees a need for more women in STEM,” said Jennifer Wood, director of university relations at WVU Tech.
Others agreed about the need to focus specifically on girls. “As a girl, we need something special,” said Afrin Naz, a doctor of computer science with WVU Tech.
“We need some kind of encouragement, somebody has to tell us that we can do it. We have this common misconception that science and engineering is only for boys and it’s time to break those misconceptions,” she said.