More than 50 middle school girls are spending the week at Penn State Erie. They are learning about possible careers in the science and technology fields. It’s called, ‘GE Girls Camp’.
The students are focusing on things like wind energy, engineering design and best practices for assembly lines. The idea is to convince young girls that they can have rewarding careers in areas of technology, engineering, and math.
Melanie Ford of Penn State Erie says, “In middle school, girls have a tendency to decide if they will continue in math or science. So, catching them at this point and getting them to take those courses and consider those careers; it’s critical that we get them there”.
The workshops and classes are all taught by women who are either General Electric engineers or professors at Penn State.