"I'm really good at it," DeLuca said of her science and math skills.
And coming into Camp STEM, she wanted to figure out what specific field she was the best in, so she enrolled in this electrical engineering class, a subject she had no experience in, in addition to the chemistry class she knew she would like.
"This is the one that surprised me the most," she said. "I never thought I would be good at it but I am, and now yeah, I could see myself doing it maybe."
"It's really good for them to figure it out now, instead of wandering around their first few years of college trying to decide what they want to do," said Stephen Goodman, chairman and professor in computer and electrical engineering at Tech.
"It's beyond just teaching them about technology, it's raising their interest in these things."
At Camp STEM, students from across the state and country learn how to solder wires for electric projects and design and build boats out of concrete. They make metal detectors and take apart household items to see how they work. They do chemistry and computer programming.
And it all happens on a college campus, every summer for the eight years, so students get an idea of what it could be like to do this in a college setting.
Anecdotally at least, Camp STEM is working on that count. Officials say 90 percent of their graduates go on to study STEM careers in college.
"Nationally there's this big push for STEM and you can see why," Goodman said. "If we look at some of the future problems that we as a society are going to have to solve - climate change and the environment and things like that - we need good problem solvers.
"And the more highly educated our people are the more likely it is they'll be able to solve complicated problems."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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