AMHERST, Va. -

A summer camp in Amherst County is designed to get more women interested in the field of engineering.

Sweet Briar College is hosting "Explore Engineering Design," a university course for high school students.

21 girls from across the United States are participating.  They will spend five days at the Amherst County school and take a one-credit class.

"About 25 percent of them end up coming to Sweet Briar, specifically," said Bethany Brinkman, an assistant professor at Sweet Briar.  "It's a nice recruiting tool and all the students have a good time."

Areva, a nuclear engineering firm with facilities in Lynchburg, is a major sponsor of the program.

Tuition is $675.  Scholarships are available for some participants and cover up to half the cost.