Watkins Memorial senior inspiring girls in STEM through

When it comes to computer science, Ava Wandersleben is driven, curious and motivated. So much so that she wants to ensure other young girls can pursue the field too. 

The rising Watkins Memorial High School senior is hosting a coding camp, called Putting the Sisterhood in STEM, for girls grades 5-9 to teach them the basics of the web programming languages known as HTML and CSS.

Ava said it’s important for young girls to learn these basic skills as technology becomes more ingrained in daily life. 

“Especially for girls, they definitely need a place for themselves to explore STEM, knowing that it’s OK for girls to do these things and to have female role models,” she said. 

The camp, which Ava is hosting as part of a Girl Scout project, will take place on four consecutive Saturdays from July 23-Aug. 13. Participants must attend three out of the four classes, which will be taught virtually from 7:30-11:30 a.m. July 21 is the last day to register.