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Camp to Make Girls ‘Aware’ of STEM Careers

PCC is still accepting applications for this summer's AWARE Camp, which provides young girls a glimpse of careers in automation, robotics and engineering.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College is accepting applications for this summer’s AWARE Camp programs, which organizers hope will spark interest among young girls in careers dealing with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

A pair of Advancing Women in Automation, Robotics and Engineering (AWARE) camps will take place on campus this summer.

The first is set for July 8-12 for rising seventh, eighth and ninth-graders. It will run Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each day, campers should bring either a bag lunch or money to purchase lunch in the PCC cafeteria.

The second AWARE Camp is for rising fourth, fifth and sixth-graders and will be held July 15-19. The program will run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and campers are encouraged to bring a snack each day.

Both camps cost $99 per person, and the final day of each program will feature a showcase of each camper’s work that parents are welcome to attend.

According to Amy Stephenson, curriculum coordinator of PCC’s Electronics Engineering Technology program, each AWARE Camp will feature a variety of activities that help participants become more comfortable with electronics and engineering practices. In addition to presentations by several speakers, the camps include hands-on activities, such as circuit-building and controlling and programming robots, and tours of local industries that use robotics.

“We just want them to have fun that week,” Stephenson said. “We’re going to try and make them comfortable with these mechanical and electronic concepts in a setting that is less intimidating.”

The application form for this year’s camps is available at www.awarecamp.com. Completed applications should be turned in at the PCC Greenville Center on Memorial Drive by June 14.

Those interested in participating in the camps may contact Stephenson at (252) 493-7511 for more details.