Grand Valley State University will be holding a 4-day camp this month to give middle school girls a glimpse into careers of technology and engineering.

The camp is designed to expose girls, and hopefully increase their interest in STEM occupations, which according to a news release from the university are made up of less than 30-percent women.

The Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Day Camps will be held June 19-22 and June 26-29 in the Kennedy Hall of Engineering on the GVSU Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids.

Campers from 20 area schools will get hands-on engineering experience by designing, manufacturing and flying radio-controlled electric airplanes. They'll be able to engage in classes like solar energy, aerodynamics, 3D printing, renewable energy and biomedical engineering. They will even get to visit a corporate hanger to see fixed wing and helicopter airplanes.

The camp is coordinated by the Seymour and Ester Padnos College of Engineering and Computing and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The STEPS camp began at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and has been replicated all over the Midwest region. Grand Valley has been hosting a STEPS camp each summer since 2002.

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