Marina Bloomer used to help launch rockets into space.

Now, she wants to help interest in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — take off for Madison-area girls and non-binary kids. Just over a year ago, Bloomer created Stellar Tech Girls, a company that runs summer camps and workshops focused on STEM topics.

It’s an idea Bloomer said she had in the back of her mind as she got an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s in aerospace engineering and an early career that included a stint at SpaceX. Her own interest was sparked in a high school physics class.

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