SPAWAR's Girls Day Out inspires STEM learning

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. - SPAWAR is working to inspire STEM learning in nearly 100 girls across S.C. during the 2016 Girls Day Out.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR) hosts the two-day program to motivate rising 8th and 9th grade girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers while having fun. The STEM camp offers girls a glimpse into computer science, robotics, cyber security and more. Students learn from experts at local STEM experts, even watching female engineers at work with a field trip to Bosch. The camp also features "Tech etiquette" and a pajama party

"These two days are going to be inundated with STEM activities," Shanda Johnson, SPAWAR's STEM outreach director, said.

Johnson said the goal is to pique girls' interest in STEM-careers early. 

"Studies show that girls have the ability, strong ability in science and math," Johnson said. "But after middle school somehow they're convinced that's more for boys. We want them to know it is for girls, girls can do it. STEM girls rock."

Johnson said Girls Day Out not only exposes girls to STEM learning, it's a chance for students to see what future jobs are waiting for them right here in

Local companies partnering with SPAWAR for Girls Day Out include the Office of Naval Research, College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, Advance Cyber Forensic Education Consortium, NUCOR Steel Berkeley, Bosch, Naval Health Clinic Charleston, and Paul Mitchell the School Charleston.

"We want these girls to understand they can do anything. And not only can they do anything, they can go to school in STEM careers and come back and work in their own communities," Johnson said. "We will inundate them with STEM careers, and we will show them females that are successful STEM careers and hopefully, they will choose to go into that career path.

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