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Little Divas roll up their sleeves

    by Josh Sandin
    Posted on 6/21/2011

FORT DODGE - Twenty-five middle school girls recently made the campus of Iowa Central their home for three days as they attended the third annual DIVA Tech summer camp and explored the world of hands-on programs.

DIVA Tech was designed for girls in grades 6-8 to give them an opportunity to participate and learn about non-traditional careers for females. The girls had a chance to work with Iowa Central coordinators and instructors in many technical fields. Campers came to Iowa Central from Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Badger, Eagle Grove, Goldfield, Des Moines, Adel, Gowrie and Somers.

“This is a great opportunity for the girls to do hands-on projects,” said program coordinator Jenny Williamson. “The girls really enjoy it and they have a lot of projects they created that they can take home.”

During the three-day camp the girls were able to do many projects in the following programs:

Welding: They welded picture frames and painted them.
Auto Collision: Learned about the program and painted paint lids using the airbrushes.
Carpentry: Built and painted planters.
Criminal Justice: Learned defensive tactics.
Art: Worked with ceramics.
Electrical: Built small “blinky men” in using soldering tools.
Science: Used microscopes, made lava lamps and tie-dyed shirts.
Agriculture: Created a terrarium.

“The girls had a great time and it’s a really fun week,” said Williamson.

The DIVA Tech program is in its sixth year of existence, but has only held the name DIVA Tech for three years. It was started earlier by Dr. Mary Sula Linney and Shelly Bunk. After some minor changes it was renamed DIVA Tech.