Explore the Best Summer Camp
Being bold, smart, energetic, and showing your talent is something more than 20 girls are doing this week at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula. News 25’s Tanner Stewart takes us to the ‘Explore the Best You’ girls summer camp to learn more.
After posing for a quick photo, a group of young ladies got down to business, building up their skills in various STEM areas through hands on projects, like the engineering that goes into building safe roller coasters.
At the helm was some of the leading workers in the science and tech industry, like Instructor April Martin, who is sharing her skills and experience at Ingalls Shipbuilding in hopes of getting young ladies like Alyssa Foster on track to a non-traditional career for women such as engineering or pipefitting. “I think it’s very cool. I think what they are trying to do is very genius,” said Alyssa.
“Engineering is every day. It touches every day. Whatever goes on in your life, it’s just how you want to use it to touch the world. So, it brings it back down to them because engineering is seen for the nerds, to high tech or whatever and we just want them to see they can do it too,” said Martin.
From painting to installation, you can even learn how to be a welder. Camp Counselor Sonya Ashley said, “It’s a program where they can learn teamwork. They can learn to build each other up those characteristics that we need as young woman.”
The camp launched with an exercise building roller coasters, but these girls, age 11 to 14, will be working side-by-side with some of Ingalls’ top workers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields throughout the week long camp, learning valuable skills that could one day land them working daily beside these instructors in years to come.