Middle School girls in West Michigan received a first-hand look into the engineering and technology field, through a camp hosted by Grand Valley State University.

The four-day camp showed more than 80 campers from 20 area schools career options in those fields.

Participants were able to design, manufacture, and fly radio-controlled electric airplanes. They also took classes in solar energy, aerodynamics, 3D printing, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.

Campers visited the Warp Wings Fly Field on Alger and 56th Avenue Thursday, June 22, to fly their planes.

Camp Director Sara Maas says interest has grown.

"We see a lot more families looking for alternatives to the athletic camps, so the interest has definitely grown, and I think that is in line with how STEM has been encouraged more in schools too," she says.

The goal of the camp is to get women interested in STEM careers, which are mostly dominated by men.

Another session of the camp starts Monday, June 26.

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