July 10, 2008 12:15 ET

BCIT: Go-Cart Camp Set for Summer Session

Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) Camps Introduce Girls to the Trades

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) - Come to camp, and build a go-cart: the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will once again be hosting GETT camps this summer. GETT, or Girls Exploring Trades and Technology, camps introduce girls in grades six to eight to trades and technologies, culminating in a race of their final product, a wooden go-cart.

"This is a fun way to get girls interested in trades at a young age and teaches them some excellent skills that they can take back to the classroom in September," says Anabelle Paxton, who organizes the GETT camps each year. "They come out of it with a working go-cart, something they can be very proud of."

GETT camps provide hands-on experience and teach skills in design, carpentry, painting, machining, and shop safety, and opens them up to a wide variety of careers down the road.

The camps emphasize the basics of go-cart design and construction: designing and building a push go-cart from start to finish, learning to use shop tools, and safety. As well, the participants have the chance to speak to women already in trades and technologies, and race their go-carts.

There are two camp sessions this year, each lasting five days: July 14 to 18, or July 21 to 25. Camps are held at BCIT's Burnaby Campus, and cost $150 per participant.

This year the camps are sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development, Vancouver Community College, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, and the Foundation for Education and Advancement in Technology.

To register for the GETT camps online, visit http://www.bcit.ca/gett0001 or contact Anabelle Paxton at 604-255-4565 or apaxton@shaw.ca.

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