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Girls explore science at Sally Ride camp

The Space Shuttle Discovery returned to Earth today - about the same time a group of young girls began their first day at the Sally Ride Science Camp at the University of San Diego. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

A group of young girls are huddled over nuts and bolts, pieces of metal, and small wheels. Their mission is to build a tiny remote-controlled robot - and its just one of many hands-on projects they and 30 other girls will tackle this summer at the Sally Ride Science Camp.

The week-long program targets middle school girls who want to deepen their interest in science. Thirteen-year-old Alisa Beyorkman likes camp because she meets other girls who also think science is cool.

Beyorkman: "I totally think girls can get involved in science because its so much more fun to build and create and learn about your environment than just focus on fashion shoes and stuff like that."

Astronomy, robotics and marine biology are the camp's three focus areas. Camp instructors are all female and serve as role models while the girls learn and live on campus. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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