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Women in Engineering 2014

According to the National Science Foundation, only 11% of Engineers in the United States are women. That is one statistic that led the Union County JobReady Partnership to seek and receive grant funding from UTC Aerospace Systems for a unique camp for girls by women.

Rising eighth and ninth grade girls from area Union County Public Schools attended JobReady Partnership’s first Women in Engineering Camp June 16-20 at ATI Specialty Materials. ATI hosted this week-long summer camp, featuring the many opportunities available in the fields of engineering. Exploring engineering when in middle school gives opportunities for students to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and math can impact real-life challenges.
Our Goal
To inspire female students to explore engineering design and make decisions in education and experiences that lead to a field of choice.

 

About the Camp
With a desire to put together a program for girls, ATI’s process engineer Hannah Noll served as the camp director and did a phenomenal job. Women engineers from several disciplines came to the camp site as guest speakers and as activity leaders in their field. The girls heard from engineers in the following disciplines: biomedical, civil, materials, process, chemical, nuclear, aerospace, aerodynamics, electrical, computer, and environmental. From creating a “bionic hand” to pick up candy to simulating an oil spill to building a transportable bridge that held a radio-controlled car across a body of water, the girls worked in teams and individually on several projects during the week with support from the engineers. A trip to Duke Energy Explorium allowed the campers to hear from nuclear engineers and participate in interactive displays on the site in Huntersville. ATI members led by Lauren Williams also worked with the campers on interview skills after a pair of mock interviews.

Informal Mixer with the Engineers
On Thursday evening, campers and their parents were invited to South Piedmont Community College for a meal and a time to talk informally with the female engineers. They were joined by the Chamber of Commerce President Pat Kahle and ATI Organizational Development Specialist Lauren Williams who worked with the campers during the week. Campers asked questionspertaining to schools and education as well as the life of an engineer.

Car/Bridge Project Presentations
In culmination of the week, campers raced their cars and ran their bridges through a series of tests. They prepared and then made presentations to a panel of six ATI judges and their parents before enjoying a lunch and receipt of bags filled with items from participating companies.

A Special Thank You
The JobReady Partnership would like to thank ATI Allvac for giving the time, the place, and the expertise to make the camp possible. Thank you to UTAS for the financial sponsorship. And thank you to our company partners: Turbomeca, Kapstone Medical, ATI, Duke Energy, Greiner Bio-One, Goulston Technologies, US Airways, SPCC, and UNCCharlotte, Union County Chamber of Commerce, and Union County Public Schools.

Written by: Linda Smith, Job Broker, Union County JobReady Partnership
Posted: Jun 25, 2014 by Judy Davis

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