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Popular girls' tech camp will return to DCTC

Girls look at the guts of a computer during the TXT 2011. The camp will run July 30 - Aug. 3 at DCTC.

Last year at the end of TXT 2011 Linda Foster was pretty confident the camp had been a success. This spring when she started getting calls asking if Dakota County Technical College would hold the camp again any doubt was erased.

DCTC will hold TXT 2012 July 30 through Aug. 3. Registration is open now and Foster said they only have a few spots left so she encouraged people to register their girls as soon as possible.

"We've had a lot of good feedback and had parents calling since March wanting to sign their girls up," said Foster.

Teens eXperiencing Technical Education, offers girls in fifth through eighth grade interactive workshops in technology, science, transportation, technical/industrial, design, health and business fields. College faculty teach the workshop.

Seeing a lack of opportunities for girls to try technical fields, Foster developed the camp in 2011. Hundreds of girls attended the camp last summer. As she expected, Foster said some of the girls were surprised at the things they enjoyed doing, like driving a backhoe.

Foster said during the week-long camp girls get a hands-on approach to a variety of fields. They look through microscopes, drive heavy machinery and look under the hood of a car.

This year the Science Museum of Minnesota will present "Suitcase Science" for the whole group and Foster said they will have more outdoor activities planned.

Foster said this year's camp will include more of the college's programs than last year and while it means more work for her, she said it's a good change.

"We will offer four workshops a day for all five days," said Foster.

Anyone who is too old for the camp but would like to still be involved can volunteer. Students in ninth grade and up can volunteer with the program. Volunteers are needed to assist with workshops, lead groups and activities, provide lunch and sign in campers. Contact Foster to inquire about being a volunteer.

The program will be held on the DCTC campus. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 to Aug.3. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is $40. For more information or to register visit or contact Linda Foster at 651-423-8439 or via email

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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