SUMTER, SC (WLTX)- Dozens of middle school girls in the Sumter school district showed that building isn't just for boys, as they displayed their skills in the first all-girl STEM program.
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) is designed to teach girls about non-traditional jobs.
"I work hard, I know I can," said camper Aaliyha Grady. "I have higher grades than most of the guys in my class… so I understand that we have to work for what we got… and we are perfectly fine with working for it",
With a few stem presentations under her belt, Sidney Howeth got the chance to help other campers build and program Lego robots.
"I like the programming, telling the robot what to do, and seeing it do it. You get that feeling like yes I did it", said Howeth.
Sidney's father is on active duty in the military, which is what brought them to South Carolina. Her mother says that programs like STEM are essential for the educational development for her daughter.
"This opportunity is one that she wouldn't have had in any other capacity so it's great to give her something so young that she can think about her future and possibilities."
The week-long event was funded through a districtwide grant, which featured step-by-step instructions on how to build robots.
" I would have been sitting at home being bored if it wasn't for this program. And the fact that we can learn and be hands on with everything just makes this experience a lot more fun", said Grady.
The campers also developed a game from a free software download at Game Maker