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Unique field trip experience encourages girls to explore STEM

Updated: August 07, 2019 06:53 PM

At summer camp kids can ride a horse, go canoeing or sing songs.

But on Wednesday, one group of girls explored helicopters in St Paul. They are part of the Project Scientist Stem Summer Academy.  

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Organizers partnered with Collins Aerospace and the Minnesota National Guard to create this field trip to the Army Aviation Facility in St. Paul.  The group includes about 40 girls, ages four to 12.

Emma Wissink was impressed talking with female pilots.  

"They have to have a lot of skills to drive it with both hands" she said.  

The girls learned about how helicopters are made and what it takes to fly them.  

Sandy Marshall started Project Scientist in 2013.  She say it's all about encouraging girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.  

"We like to have them meet professionals who look like them, so they see women thriving in this space," she said.

This is the first year for the camp at Macalester College.  Similar camps and programs are held all around the county, with thousands of girls involved.  Marshall hopes experiences like this will encourage more girls to explore careers in stem.

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