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Summer camp program in NOLA gets girls powered up for tech

>> The Reporter: JAMES HOPES TO ONE DAY BE A FIREFIGHTER. >> I LIKE VOLCANOS. >> The Reporter: BUT INSTEAD OF FIRES ON THIS MODEL VOLCANO, SHE’S USING A CIRCUIT SHE BUILT HERSELF AT THE GIRLS SUMMER CAMP. >> THE VOLCANO HAS FIRE, BUT I’M LOUISING L.E.D.’S. >> The Reporter: IT’S TWO WEEKS OF HANDS ON TRAINING IN POWER TOOLS, ELECTRONICS AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, EMPOWERING YOUNG GIRLS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. >> WE LEARN ABOUT CIRCUITS, THE PARALLEL CIRCUIT AND THE SHORT CIRCUIT AND THEN WE LEARN ABOUT SAFETY RULES AND SOLDERING. >> WE BELIEVE THOSE ARE REALLY GREAT WAYS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE GIRLS CAN EXPLORE THOSE AREAS AND REALLY BUILD AND STRENGTHEN THOSE SKILLS.

>> THE COURT:: FLORA LED >> The Reporter: FLORA LED THE CHARGE IN 2015, AFTER NOTICING THERE WEREN’T INFORM GIRLS IN STEM INDUSTRIES AND HER ACTIONS HAS HAVE A POSITIVE REACTION, EXPAND INTERESTING JUST 20 GIRLS THREE YEARS AGO TO OVER 300 GIRLS. >> THE PARENTS DID NOT WANT THEIR GIRLS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE STEM CAMP UNTIL THEY WERE ALLOWED THEY WERE ALL GIRLS. THEY’RE ALLOWED TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO DEVELOP.

>> The Reporter: IT ALSO GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH OTHER GIRLS WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS AND SOME LIKE MISS MARVEL HAVE TRANSFORMED FROM CAMPER TO COUNSELOR. >> I DIDN’T THINK I COULD BE A TEACHER. ELECTRIC GIRLS IS STILL CHANGING MY LIFE AFTER ALL THIS TIME. >> The Reporter: BECAUSE IT CAMP IS CREATING QUITE THE SPARK AMONG YOUNG GIRLS, IT’S ACTUALLY EXPANDING, GOING TO NEIGHBORING PARISHES LIKE JEFFERSON, ST. CHARLES, EVEN ST. TAMINY. >> The Reporter: NEARLY 800 GIRLS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CAMPS AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, TAKING THE LIFE SKILLS BACK HOME. >> DO YOU THINK YOUR DAD IS GOING TO PUT YOU TO WORK AROUND THE HOUSE FIXING LIGHT SWITCHES? >> I DON’T KNOW. >> The Reporter: EVEN IF THESE GIRLS GO ON TO OTHER CAREERS OUTSIDE OF TECHNOLOGY, THEY SAY THEY NOW HAVE SOME V .

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