Girls Tech Camp
POSTED ON: Monday, June 26, 2017 8:00 AM by Donna Weber
The annual Girls Technology Camp program was held June 26-30, 2017 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Fifty rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade girls attended the five-day program. USNA faculty and staff led the girls in hands-on, science and engineering activities related to sports and gaming.
The theme of the week was “Game On!" The girls competed in outdoor races including a Space Race, Tic Tac Toe strategy relay and the Balance of Forces dash. They learned about the functions of the heart while dissecting sheep hearts to identify valves and then creating their own replacement valves. They explored the materials used in golf balls, bowling balls, tennis balls and baseballs before learning about catalytic reactions to create polymers. A visit to USNA’s planetarium was a highlight where one girl commented that she learned that, “the north star isn’t the brightest star.” Taking a ride on a modulated hovercraft, coding and programming robots, building rockets and underwater gliders were all part of the fun experience.
The girls learned teamwork, self-confidence and critical thinking skills as well as developed new friendships and met many female role models active in science and engineering fields. On the last day, the girls presented a TECH Fair where they demonstrated what they learned all week to their family and friends. Several former camp attendees returned as counselors and each guided a group of girls during the week.
Category: General Interest