by Phyllis Minnihan
Posted on 7/1/2013
Iowa Central hosted its 8th Diva Tech Camp for middle school girls June 19-21. Interest in the camp has grown so much each year that we have more than doubled the number of girls attending camp. Girls attending camp were not only from area schools, but came also from areas such as Des Moines, and even outside the state of Iowa. Several of the girls have attended the middle school camp in the past and continue to enjoy learning more about what it would be like to work in these non-traditional career fields. This year the girls made and painted tables in carpentry, spot welded and used the equipment in the welding shop to bend the bases for their pop can lamps that they assembled and wired in their electrical session. They did some soldering, had races taking the lug nuts off the wheels, and filled a jar with water using a car’s window washing system in their automotive session, enjoyed working with Chef Michael in the kitchen, learned about crops and planted flowers in their agriculture session. They also took a computer apart in their computer networking session, learned what it’s like to be a DJ in broadcasting, or work in the field of engineering & design with CAD software. They enjoyed several experiments in science and learned science facts as they followed their GPS around campus in their GEO Caching session. The girls made new friends, enjoyed their experiences, and all vow to come back next year.
A big thanks to all the instructors and staff who helped make this a wonderful experience for the girls.