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June 25, 2015

Rep. Aguilar Encourages Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio to Pursue Careers in STEM

Today, Rep. Aguilar sent a video message to congratulate the Girl Scouts partaking in the Cyber Security Camp entitled, “GenCyber.” The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency, and supported by camp administrators from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Cyber Security Center and the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council. The camp is hosting 250 middle school Girl Scouts from San Bernardino and Riverside counties to explore the world of Cyber Security. Rep. Aguilar congratulated the students on their hard work and encouraged them to push forward in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

“Exploring the world of cyber security is an incredible opportunity, which I’m sure has given you the chance to create and maneuver new and innovative technological tools. From building a microcomputer to learning team-building skills in group activities, this week you have taken the time to find and develop skills and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your lives,” said Rep. Aguilar in the recorded message. He continued, “It’s so important that young women have access to advanced and changing technology – we need more young women like you taking the reins to steer our world into the future. We need you to help us build a bigger and better world for the generations to come.”

STEM Manager for the Girl Scouts Carrie Raleigh said, “The GenCyber Day camp has provided the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council the opportunity to introduce girls to new experiences like flying drones, coding, online security and team building on a high ropes course. The girls are connecting with professionals in potential career fields and learning how they could also pursue these fields.  The experience has been empowering for all of the girls as they have continually exceeded expectations and conquered challenges throughout the week.”

Prof. Tony Coulson, director of the Cyber Security Center at Cal State University San Bernardino added, “With 70 percent of women in college not in technology, this camp is very important to help secure our nation and economy.”

Throughout the program, which spans from June 22nd through June 26th, campers participate in a number of challenges in the STEM fields, including internet safety, cyber security principles, and cryptography. Rep. Aguilar is committed to investing in biotechnology and other high-tech manufacturing fields to build a 21st century economy. He is a dedicated supporter of research and investments in the STEM sectors. The video will be shown to the campers during their patch ceremony on the final night of the program. It can be watched in full here