Education Matters: LR Girls Headed to Space Camp

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Some local 5th grade girls are gearing up for a field trip that's out of this world.

It's launching them into a pathway to STEM-related fields.

Through trial and error, these girls know the importance of working as a team. Especially when it comes to sending people into space.

"I really want to see how they build ships," says Sydney, who's going to Space Camp.

Sydney is one of 12 students at Bale Elementary in Little Rock who are ready for take off.

They are going to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama this month.

"My bucket list," she says.

The camp focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). It's a way for girls to step foot into careers that don't have many women on board.

"We are going to the gravity room, which is cool, because we will be floating," Sydney explains.

Brooklyn, meanwhile, looks forward to trying on space suits and learning about planets.

"They have different kinds of moons and I like how they travel around the sun," she says.

All this interest in space gives teacher Mitch Rogers a launching pad to more STEM opportunities at school.

"We have sort of set science aside and it's coming back in a big way and it's important that they're getting exposure to these types of experiences," he says.

Science is no longer dark matter on campus. Girls are now gravitating toward Vex Robotics, Mathletes, even News.

"It gives them a little bit of drive to want them to further their education," he adds.

An opportunity to go to Space Camp no longer seems light years away.

"I feel very excited," says Brooklyn.

NASA's National Space Grant Program awarded Bale Elementary a grant for Space Camp.

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