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University Day Camp Teaches Girls STEM

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Women in America are still underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce.

Many in this community are taking steps to turn things around.

This week Mount Mercy University is hosting ExploreU, a science day camp for girls.

These young and eager faces are here to learn science, technology, engineering, and math also known as STEM related subjects.

"I think I'm definitely getting a better level of understanding on Math and geometry and these types of things, said middle school student Sophia Chen.

Sophia Chen aspires to do something in the medical field, just like her parents who are scientists.

"It's a hard field to go into, but I think it would be beneficial to me in the future, she said.

That's exactly what Mount Mercy Universitys ExploreU day camp hopes to show these girls, that STEM careers are high in demand.

"Once you get  into the STEM field, you tend to have a job for the rest of your life and they are very high paid, Mount Mercy University, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Jitka Stehnova.

AT the camp, girls get to learn things in a much more interactive way than in a regular classroom, which allows them to see the bigger picture in various formulas, said Stehnova.

"It's for them to get more excited about stem fields, and expose them to new kinds of math and computer science that they don't see at schools, said Stephnova.

If the faces at the camp are any indication, the girls are not only sold, they want others to join in

"You find that it's not as hard as it seems and that it will be all worth it in the end, Chen said.

This is the third year of ExploreU. The camp ends this Friday but program leaders plan to continue the program next year.
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