As men continue to outpace women in STEM- related fields, 28 Atlanta area middle-school girls will spend the week on the Georgia Tech campus for a free science, technology, engineering and math camp.
Sponsored by GE, the GE Girls @ Georgia Tech program is designed to spark girls’ interest and enthusiasm with fun activities taught by female students and engineers from GE and Georgia Tech.
"Our goal is to build the pipeline for all students; especially under-represented groups in STEM disciplines,” said Chris Thompson, Georgia Tech Associate Director of Student Enrichment at the Center for Education Integrating Science Math and Computing (CEISMC). “When the time comes to choose a college, we hope Georgia Tech will be at the top of their list.”
The students will explore design, electronics, chemistry, structures and energy through hands-on experiments such as making lip gloss, learning the biology of beehives, body camera technology and robotics.
They will also learn communications, collaboration, problem solving and other confidence-boosting skills as part of the GE Girls experience.
“We target middle-school girls for the GE Girls program because this is the age when girls start forming strong opinions about their likes and dislikes,” said JoDee Newcomb, GE co-lead for the Atlanta program. “Our camp allows them to explore STEM activities in a fun, safe environment with both Georgia Tech and GE women who can share their experiences and passion for the field.”