July 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United States Sends Girls from Kazakhstan and Afghanistan to Colorado STEM Summer Camp
Two teenagers from the Republic of Kazakhstan and two from Afghanistan will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado to take part in the Destination Mars! Camp at the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado July 23-27. This exchange initiative is funded by the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna to support new opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The girls will participate in the weeklong camp focused on teaching STEM concepts, exposing school-aged girls to STEM careers, and giving them the opportunity to learn through hands-on exploration.
“We are thrilled to have the four international students join us in Colorado Springs for our Destination Mars! summer camp,” said Rob Fredell, CEO, Challenger Learning Center of Colorado. “This will be an exciting week for all the students, the four girls will learn different STEM concepts while engineering future Mars rovers.”
The camp participants will take part in a variety of STEM programs, including using Lego robotics to build a Mars rover, investigating similar features of Mars and Earth, and flying a Mars-theme mission where they will attempt to navigate a spacecraft to Mars, launch probes to Martian moons, and study Mars’ minerals and soils.
The four girls were competitively selected from a national application by American Councils for International Education to participate in the U.S and Destination Mars! summer camp. The girls will be hosted by a local Colorado Springs family during their stay in the area.
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