CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's down to the last few weeks of summer vacation for most area students, but that didn't stop one group from spending the weekend, getting a head start on their career plans.
More than 70 lowcountry girls approaching 8th and 9th grades, participated in the 4th Annual Girls Day Out, an event focused on introducing more women into STEM fields.
STEM, is short for science, technology, engineering and math.
SPAWAR Systems Center(SSC) Atlantic hosted the event, along with area partners the Office of Naval Research, the College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, the Paul Mitchell School of Charleston, and NUCOR.
"We want girls to know they can do this," Said SSC Outreach Director, Shanda Johnson.
"They can go to school and major in STEM careers, have great jobs, and make contributions to our country."
The camp, offered at no charge, allowed students to learn STEM skills and techniques, and featured activities in robotics, drones, and cyber security.
Participants also met with professional women who already hold STEM careers, and included a college campus sleepover and tour.
"We not only develop them in the areas of STEM, we develop the total girl," Johnson added.