Girls, summer and science

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By Amy Wallot

Nineteen high school girls spent a week this summer at the University of Kentucky exploring the world of underwater robotics at an aquabots day camp. The aquabots are similar to the ones found in many Kentucky LEGO robotics programs, except they work in a pool of water instead of on land.

“Our camp was successful in providing girls with an opportunity to work in teams, learn about the engineering design process as they built their Lego bots, explore science and engineering careers, and most of all – through visits with role models from our community – discover that engineering can be an interesting, fun, and very rewarding career,” Sue Scheff, co-chair of the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, said.

Eighth-grade students Yulien Shapla-Priddy and Daniela Zieba work together to give their aquabot neutral buoyancy. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
Eighth-grade students Yulien Shapla-Priddy and Daniela Zieba work together to give their aquabot neutral buoyancy.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
University of Kentucky civil engineering senior Rachel Adams, center, helps 7th-grade students Katie ONeill, Divya Sunderam and Keziah Thomas with their aquabot. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
University of Kentucky civil engineering senior Rachel Adams, center, helps 7th-grade students Katie ONeill, Divya Sunderam and Keziah Thomas with their aquabot.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
West Jessamine High School (Jessamine County) freshman Meg Hull builds an aquabot with her team. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
West Jessamine High School (Jessamine County) freshman Meg Hull builds an aquabot with her team.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
High school students Mary Hicks, Kendall Bopp, Natasha Harrison and Elisabeth Skeans test their aquabot for neutral buoyancy in a small pool. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
High school students Mary Hicks, Kendall Bopp, Natasha Harrison and Elisabeth Skeans test their aquabot for neutral buoyancy in a small pool.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
Paintsville High School (Paintsville Independent) sophomore Elisabeth Skeans dries off her team's aquabot after testing its buoyancy. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013
Paintsville High School (Paintsville Independent) sophomore Elisabeth Skeans dries off her team’s aquabot after testing its buoyancy.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 31, 2013

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