GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan middle school girls will get a glimpse into the careers of engineering, an occupation made up of 10 percent women, at a four-day camp at Grand Valley State University. The camp is held for female students to explore opportunities in manufacturing and technical careers.

The Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls will be held June 18-21 and June 25-28 in the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering on Grand Valley’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. About 80 campers will get hands-on engineering experience by designing, manufacturing and flying radio-controlled electronic airplanes.

Campers will fly their airplanes, with the help of certified pilots, at the Warped Wings Fly Field located at the corner of Alger and 56th Avenue in Allendale on Thursday, June 21 and June 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The program is held early enough to influence a student’s choice of math, science, and technical courses in middle and high school. These courses help prepare them to enter and succeed in college-level programs.

The camp is coordinated by Grand Valley’s Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing with support from Alcoa Foundation, Alcoa Howmet-Whitehall Operations, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, West Michigan Aviation Academy and SME Education Foundation.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit or contact Sara Maas in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at (616) 331-6009.


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