GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Girls across the Western Slope returned to class this weekend to help solve local problems using science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM.
West Middle School hosted their first Girls in Stem Conference that brought in 50 girls from third to eighth grade to learn about coding.
The code camp had three sessions of STEM events: the Makey Makey --a device that teaches about circuits, the Edison Robot --showing how to program a robot and the Maker Space.
The girls were challenged to build whatever they wanted to help solve a local problem using a prototype they've built, then presenting it to a panel of professional STEM judges.
"I always wanted to be an engineer. I love circuits and I love building things so when I heard there was a Girls in STEM Conference I was like 'Oh my gosh, I have to go,'" said 6th grade student Lauren Hardin.
7th grade student Faith Graves added, "It's really interesting to see different outputs on things like some girls are using oranges to make a piano while we're making a little game where we can pull it to see your strength."
The coordinator of the camp says the primary goal for this conference is to acknowledge that STEM fields need more women.