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STEM Camp Emphasizes Girls in Science

June 18, 2015, 5:10 PM HST
* Updated June 18, 5:12 PM
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Middle School-aged girls entering the 7th and 8th grades are invited to apply to take part in the free Excite Camp 2015, which will be in Kona for the first time.

The camp began in Maui and has since grown to be one of Maui’s most innovative science and technology events.

For four days, girls will participate in hands-on STEM learning and culturally-integrated activities that include geospatial technologies, Hawaiian culture infused with STEM, the discovery of STEM careers in NELHA, and analyzing the scientific method.

Thirty spots are open for the Kona camp that will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily between July 7-10. There is no fee for the camp. Lunch and snacks will both be provided.

Each participant will join a group of four and will be led by a female mentor. The mentor will explain activities, work in close proximity with each student, and act as a role model.

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“At the end of the four-day program, the girls are no longer strangers, but colleagues and friends,” said WIT Project Manager Mapu Quitazol. “In addition to getting excited about STEM, they learn the value of teamwork, communication, and honoring their island heritage.”

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Those interested in applying for the 2015 Excite Camp should visit the Women in Technology website.

For more information, contact Mapu Quitazol by calling (808) 875-2343.

The program is sponsored by Maui’s Economic Development Board, Women in Technology Project, in collaboration with the University of Hawai’i – Institute for Astronomy, United States Air Force, Maui Research & Technology Park Tenants, and Maui Community College.

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