Photos by Jim Preston
Sixty girl campers explored new horizons this summer at a first-time National Air and Space Museum "She Can" summer camp focused on aviation.
Over two camp sessions, the sixth- to eighth-grade girls engaged in hands-on flight instruction on FAA-certified simulators, took a 30-minute discovery flight with a local flight school and participated in indoor skydiving. The girls also met with women working in a variety of aviation fields, such as air traffic control, cyber security and commercial aviation.
The camp, which is free and open to low-income students in the Washington, D.C., area, empowers young women to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
"The lack of diverse representation in STEM fields is a real problem, and the museum is committed to doing our part to change that," said Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum. "Our goal with this camp is to reveal to young women the opportunities available to them in all areas of aviation and encourage them to pursue a future in STEM."