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Girl scouts and UA develop new camp to highlight engineering fields

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Inspiration to change the world, that's what a new camp hopes to give young girls.  A group of 25 girl scouts from middle schools throughout Southern Arizona are getting a unique experience at the first ever Imagine IT, a summer engineering camp for girls.

This is the first time the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona College of Engineering are partnering together to make this camp possible.  The idea behind the camp is to get girls interested in STEM fields-science, technology, math and engineering

The camp is focusing on technology in search and rescue scenarios. One of the camp activities involves building a robot from scratch. The idea is design the robot to help in natural disasters, like wildfires. The girls design, program, and build the robots all on their own.

Also, the camp offers a chance to speak with professionals in our community .Tucson Fire Captain Diane Benson spoke with the girls about how technology plays a crucial part in her field.  

According to recent numbers, only about 17 percent of engineers are women. Organizers hope this camp inspires young women to become comfortable pursuing jobs in the engineering field.  This new camp hopes to change that.

Michelle Higgins with the Girl Scouts for Southern Arizona said, "we are really targeting those disciplines that see fewer women entering, so electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer engineering." The young ladies are discovering different careers and even new strengths.

Girl Scout Calen Geiser-Cseh said, " I thought I wouldn't be that good at programming computers, but im kinda catching the hang out it. Now I don't have to keep referring to the manual." This is exactly how organizers hope the girls feel after completing the week long camp. The camp ends on Friday. To find out more about the program click here.

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