PLYMOUTH, Minnesota — Despite the gains women have been making in math and science experts say women make up only 13% of engineers in the workforce.

The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is trying to change that, getting girls excited about engineering by hosting its STEPS Camp.

Now in its 20th year, the STEPS camp invites girls in 6th or 8th grade to a free camp to learn about engineering through hands-on projects. Participants will connect with mentors, work in the engineering labs, and unwind at the University of St. Thomas recreation facilities. The girls will also build resources that they can access throughout their high school careers.

Civil Engineering Program Chair Deb Besser and Student Lead Becca Leininger demonstrate some of the educational projects. For more information about the STEPS Camp, click here.