YPSILANTI – Engage@EMU and the Engineering Society of Detroit joined forces to host the Girls in Engineering Academy Residential Camp. The four-week camp brought together 45 seventh and ninth-grade girls, offering them a unique opportunity to delve into the world of engineering, computer science, advanced coding, and 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD).
The young girls were provided with an immersive experience on EMU’s campus. The campers had the chance to engage in hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and stimulating discussions led by professionals and educators in the STEM field.
“At the Engineering Society of Detroit and as part of the Girls in Engineering Academy, our primary focus is to prepare our engineering scholars for high school and beyond, with an overarching goal of fostering their interest in the stem and engineering fields,” said Alexandra Lofton, program manager for the Girls in Engineering Academy.
“Every year, we build on these young ladies’ stem foundations to raise them up as confident and independent individuals that can succeed in whichever field and path they aspire towards – though, of course, we are thrilled if they choose to pursue engineering,” Lofton added.
Throughout the camp, students were exposed to a wide array of disciplines, ranging from biology to algebra and from English/language arts to computer science. Organizers curated a curriculum that not only introduced the girls to foundational principles but also encouraged them to think critically, collaborate, and experiment with real-world applications.
One of the highlights of the Girls in Engineering Residential Camp was the emphasis on advanced coding. Participants were introduced to cutting-edge programming languages and software tools, equipping them with the skills needed to develop innovative solutions to modern challenges. The hands-on coding sessions allowed the girls to bring their creative ideas to life, fostering a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their abilities.
The camp also delved into the realm of 3D (CAD), a fundamental skill in engineering and product design. Guided by Emad Tanbour, mechanical engineering professor in the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, the girls learned how to transform concepts into detailed, three-dimensional models using state-of-the-art CAD software. 
“The Girls in Engineering Academy is a great collaborative effort with the Engineering Society of Detroit and others to develop great STEM talent in Michigan,” said Mohamad Qatu, dean of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology. “It is meant to attract more women in engineering and technology fields, particularly from underrepresented communities. It is a part of our efforts to bring success and prosperity across the State,” Qatu said.
After the conclusion of the four-week camp,  the organizers and mentors celebrated the achievements of the participants. 
“With their newfound knowledge, skills, and determination, these young girls are now better equipped to embark on a journey of innovation, discovery, and empowerment in the ever-evolving world of STEM,” Qatu said. 
About the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology
The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology provides world-class experiences in engineering, technology, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, drone technology, gaming, aviation, and other areas of study in high-demand career fields. It is within the college’s mission to cultivate individuals’ intellectual and personal growth through research-informed education and diverse programs that emphasize the practical application of scientific knowledge. For more information about the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, visit the college’s website
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.
August 30, 2023
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Nautica Marshall
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