Every summer, the UC Berkeley campus hosts more than 100 kids from across the Bay Area at its Girls in Engineering (GiE) camp, which provides equitable STEM education to middle school students. This year, COVID changed all that. As at most schools and summer camps across the country, GiE’s leadership scrambled to quickly reformat the program to an online experience. This new online camp gave GiE the chance to reimagine the camp curriculum and camper experience from the ground up so that they could create engaging and impactful hands-on experiences in an online format.
Like most years, CITRIS Invention Lab manager Chris Myers led a hands-on activity for the campers…this time via Zoom. Myers led campers in an activity where they learned how to build cardboard prosthetic hands.