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Local Girls Selected To Attend STEM Camp

June 20, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Emmetsburg Seventh grade girls Dominique Biliran, Olivia Chism, and Lillybeth Ringlaben were selected to participate in the second annual Tech Trek Iowa STEM camp from July 9-15 at Buena Vista University.

These girls were nominated by teachers Kay Kibbie, from Emmetsburg Middle School, and Lisa Oberg from Emmetsburg Catholic School.

The girls then completed an application and essay, were interview by Palo Alto County AAUW members, and then made it to the final selection round by Storm Lake AAUW members.

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TECH?TREK?CAMP- Emmetsburg 7th grade girls will be attending a week long STEM?camp at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Dominique Biliran, Lilybeth Ringlaben, and Olivia Chism will see first-hand why careers in science, technology, engineering and math are appealing to young women. --Submitted Photo

The local girls will be able to attend the week long overnight camp at no cost due to generous donations from the PAC AAUW branch, Storm Lake AAUW, the national AAUW, plus Iowa supporters, numerous foundations, businesses, and industries.

Tech Trek is uniquely designed to show girls firsthand how exciting careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can be. According to Lori Berglund, assistant camp director, there is a strong demand for skilled STEM professionals.

"Tech Trek is a crucial program to prepare and empower the next generation of girls to go into these fields and increase the science and technology talent pool," she said. "Women in STEM benefit from highly stable, well-paying jobs while the STEM industry gains diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool and more voices at the table. Opening up more opportunities and supporting girls in STEM is a win-win for the U.S. economy."

Bergland also commented that hosting AAUW's Tech Trek camp is an amazing opportunity for Buena Vista University, not only to welcome young girls in Iowa to their beautiful campus, but also to encourage their pursuit of education and career opportunities in areas that have been traditionally underrepresented by women.

A longtime leader on issues related to women and girls in STEM, AAUW is working to expand opportunities for women and girls in these fields through advocacy, programming, and research.



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