APS Girls Tech Camp Spikes Female Students’ Interest in STEM Careers

Aurora Public Schools recently hosted the eighth annual Girls Technology Camp! This day-long event provided sixth-grade female students from across the district with engaging, hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences.

The girls enjoyed coding, 3-D design, snap circuits and more! They also had an opportunity to play virtual reality games, observe a 3-D printer and take fun green screen photos.

Female technology leaders guided students through each workshop, reminding the girls that they can do anything their hearts desire. Students left energized and motivated to pursue STEM careers. Some students even earned Digital Badgescredentials that will bring them one step closer to their dreams.

The event also showcased students’ art skills, putting the “a” in STEAM. Kenton Elementary School’s fourth and fifth grade students transformed everyday items into Found Object Robots or FOBOTS, whimsical works of art displayed that were displayed at the event.

Hinkley High School’s juniors also created sculptures using plaster casts of their hands. The designs, which served as table centerpieces, expressed which personal responsibility the students believe they hold in their hands.

We thank the APS Information Technology and Educational Technology departments for organizing such a lively event to empower our girls! We hope they find college and career success in the male-dominated STEM industries.

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