Jeria Quesenberry runs a session of the Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the Arts Camp

Jeria Quesenberry, associate teaching professor in information systems at Carnegie Mellon University, runs a session of the Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the Arts Camp.

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College hosts camp for girls in STEM and the arts

Penn State Altoona hosted a Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the Arts Camp May 4 on campus.

Building on the program’s first camp held in November, the event focused on exposing junior high girls to growing opportunities in the technology and engineering industries.

“We have a serious underrepresentation of women in STEM fields,” states Jungwoo Ryoo, professor in information sciences and technology at Penn State Altoona. “We are proud to offer this program to local young women and provide networking opportunities with female instructors who serve as their role models.”

Throughout the day, the 42 girls from Northern Bedford and Holy Trinity schools experienced various real-world applications of computer science, information technology (IT), and engineering through challenging hands-on activities led by five instructors, including three from Penn State Altoona, one from LinkedInLearning, and one from Carnegie Mellon University.

Two more Girls in STEM camps are planned for the group in the summer. 

The STEM and Arts Camp is sponsored by Penn State Altoona’s Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences & Technology and Barnes and Noble.