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WVU Hosts All Girl Engineering Camp

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The fact is, being a female in the engineering field means you're a minority. Only about 20 percent of today's engineers are women. That's why WVU is hosting an all girls engineering camp for high school students.

"It's very equal, there's no bullying, especially since it's an all female camp," said Autumn Richmond, a Junior at South Harrison High School. "It makes us proud to be a female and just be out there with the boys. It's a good experience. Even if you're not going to be an engineer it just helps you in the real world."

The high school girls come from all over the country to attend the camp.

"We keep it really general, it's just about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We really expose them to all different areas," said Cate Schlobohm, the Outreach Coordinator for the WVU College of Engineering. "In the past they've gone to the pharmacy school to compound lip balm, this year they're going to the Davis College to do a food science activity."

Instructors teach the students STEM curriculum with a focus in engineering.

Girls created prosthetic hands and tried to complete everyday tasks with their inventions.

Autum Richmond says her favorite part of the camp was being able to see what her grandfather does as a civil engineer. Students toured the different construction projects going on around the campus.

"When we went and we saw them building things we learned more about what they put behind the walls, it's just something that you take with you." said Richmond. "I'm looking at the buildings and I see something different every time. It's pretty cool."

Middle School students are also on the campus for an engineering camp. The students will continue learning about the field this week by creating gliders, hearing lectures, and learning life skills.