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This year, girls from Washington Middle School in Cloverdale, Healdsburg Junior High School and Cali Calmecac Language Academy in Windsor got to experience the camp at Stanford University. With various chapters of AAUW, a total of 78 girls from across the Bay Area participated in the July camp. In order to be selected, campers must pen an essay and an application as well as sit through an interview. If chosen, they receive a scholarship to attend the hands-on activity camp. Scholarships are made possible through donations from local businesses and companies, according to Karla Rosen, one of the chaperones on the trip. For this particular camp, students participated in a core class and attended lectures and activities. This year, the'core classes were ~ ~ engineering, cyber security, coding, marine biology and forensics. Guest speakers spoke on a§tron0my, chemistry, money management and technical project management. Students were also asked to complete several projects, including a group project with their peers. Recently returned from camp, a group of local girls sat down with Sonoma West Publishers to talk about their experience. ' Aalyiah Calderon: a Washington Middle School student, gave an overview of camp activities. , ' “The first day we did little activities once the parents left and we did activities so we could introduce ourselves and get comfortable with our dorm mom and we played games and took a tour of the university,” Calderon explained. One highlight of the tour was learning about the big clock on campus and how it runs. On day two, the campers got to work and started their core class. Calderon’s core class was coding. “We used this app called Appinventer, which is a coding app that you can make games on,” Calderon said. Throughout the coding class Calderon had to create her own game using the app and coding skills. Her game was a version of “Whack a Mole,” a two-level game with coded game noises. “It is a lot harder than it sounds,” she assured. Though throughout myriad events, the professional women’s showcase was Calderon’s favorite. The event featured a showcase of women from different STEM related careers who came to the university to talk about their careers and work with STEM. about forensics she said her favorite activity was the stargazing class. “It was fun, you could really see the moon up close and all of the craters,” Martinez said. She also enjoyed the money management and budgeting v workshop, an activity where students were given a career and family and were told to budget for the month with a certain amount of money. “It was interesting learning about how much you 'can waste on money,” Martinezsaid. . Gina Diaz-Hernandez, another Cali student, took cyber security. Hernandez’s project was an introductory take on computer science. “For our project we were in the computer and looked at what is inside,” she said. Budgeting was also Hernandez’s favorite activity. Healdsburg Junior High School students Alissa Sommer and Stacy Solorio had their classes in coding/ engineering and marine biology. “The camp was really fun, it was a once in a lifetime experience. I mean it’s at Stanford,” Sommer said excitedly. “It was really awesome to get that experience through the scholarship from AAUW, it was very generous.” Solorio also had positive things to say about the camp. “My overall experience at Tech Trek was very positive, mostly because of the staff there and the TINKERING .— Aalyiah Calderon in Design Thinking Class. renewal next stop . for SMART “tax extension weuidn’t he enosgii for construction costs but weuid cover operaiisns By Katherine Minkiewicz Staff Writer katherine@sonomawest.com If north county residents want the SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) train to come to Healdsburg and Cloverdale then they at least — have to vote for and accept a 20-or 30- year sales tax renewal. That was the message at the Aug. 7 SMART board meeting in Petaluma following a discussion of the transit agency’s budget projections. If voters don’t renew the quarter cent sales tax in March 2020, future operating costs could exceed revenues for the future and will deplete reserves and the fund balance according to projections presented by SMART’s Chief Financial Officer, Erin McGrath. What’s more, SMART would need the tax extension in order to stave off diving into their reserves and keep up with operating costs. The tax source of revenue alone would not be enough to construct the Healdsburg and Cloverdale extension. See steam ii‘age 8 City Signs investigation 1 t agreement With SCSO Smsti agencies agree to heip one another if Sheriff’s titties intervention isn’t needed ' By Zoe Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.c0m During the July 24 meeting of the Cloverdale City Council, the council approved the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sonoma County Sherifi‘s Office (SCSO) for services up to $20,000. The MOU outlines a formal agreement between the city and the SCSO should Cloverdale need assistance with an investigation. As part of the agreement, the city has put $20,000 aside in the General Fund to be used in case the SCSO provides their services to the city. The decision to enter into an MOU comes after the city was charged $20,794 following an 2018 investigation into an apparent kidnapping, which was later to pursue more STEM-related activities, she is looking forward to going back to the camp as a counselor in high school. “I never heard about this camp, so it was interesting to learn that there was this camp to empower women to know that they can do basically favorite for the Healdsburg students, 0 but they also said they enjoyed the professional women’s showcase. “There were so many smart and inspiring women,” Sommer said. Pursuing STEM After a weeklong STEM experienCe some of the students said they are interested in exploring more STEM topics. Calderon said while she does want EAL D sou R681 05 WALK ” AI. discovered to be a homicide. “It was determined that a great deal of resources beyond the department’s capability would be necessary to properly and expeditiously investigate the incident,” reads the consent calendar item as approved by the “It was really interesting," Calderon said of the showcase. Victoria Martinez, a student at can people we got to meet,” Solorio said. Her group project was to make a creation with a moving element out of Calmecac Language Academy, had only tape and rolled up newspapers. forensics as her core class. Her team decided to make a Trojan “It was really fun, meeting new horse. people and having a different school Solorio also got to spend a lot of experience,’_’ Martinez said. “We even time in her marine biology class, got to handle DNA.” where she got to dissect a squid. While Martinez enjoyed learning ~ Budgeting was another crowd See camp Page 3 See investigation Page 8 2?: