Ideas at Work Sponsors First Annual GirlsCan Career Camp at Eureka High

Twenty-two incoming 7th and 8th grade girls participated in a 3 day career camp June 22-24 at Eureka High School, with a focus on women in computer science and engineering careers. Drawing on a range of workplace skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts, campers built Mindstorm robots, coding for maze navigation as well as a sumo-bot challenge. Campers also investigated a range of web-based coding tools developed by the Google madewithcode.com project, with application to careers as diverse as music production, geographical information systems (GIS), and fashion design.

The program included a visit to local SHN Consulting Engineering & Geologists, Inc., where campers met with engineers from every aspect of SHN operations and toured the Materials Testing Lab.

During each day of this free program, campers enjoyed lunch with local female engineers from the North Coast Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as well as local female computer science professionals. Four local high school and college students already engaged in computer science and engineering studies assisted campers as they worked through the design challenges.

Global engineering firm GHD provided flash drives for all campers, with additional STEM materials provided by SHN, Dell, and the Ideas At Work Coalition.

The GirlsCan Career Camp is open to all local seventh and eighth grade students, regardless of whether they plan to attend Eureka High School in the future. Find out more at decadeofdifference.org or contact Aletta Sauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (707) 441-3367 for more information.