GE partners with Georgia Tech to boost girls’ interest in STEM
June 26, 2017
Free, week-long camp designed to recruit young women for math and science-based fields
(Atlanta, GA) [June 26, 2017] – Today marks the fifth year at Georgia Tech where 28 Atlanta area middle-school girls will gather for the GE Girls experience - a free, week-long camp about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Today, men far outnumber women in STEM- related fields, and studies show that middle school is a time when many girls lose interest in these subjects.
GE is determined to help Balance the (STEM) Equation by hiring 20,000 women in STEM roles by 2020, and – with the help of the GE Women’s Network – they are starting this effort at an early age. Here in Atlanta and 11 cities nationwide, GE women are leading summer programs designed by women to expose more young girls to the possibilities of STEM careers, and – of course – career opportunities at GE.
The GE Girls @ Georgia Tech program is a week-long experience designed to spark girls’ interest and enthusiasm with fun activities taught by female students and engineers from GE and Georgia Tech. During the week, girls 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. To expand the program’s reach, GE Atlanta is also partnering with Girls Inc. to increase STEM exposure for girls in the Atlanta community. Last year, the nonprofit received a $25,000 grant from GE Atlanta to strengthen programming, sponsor attendee costs, and offer scholarships for Girls Inc. participants.
“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.”
While middle-school girls are building their technical expertise through GE Girls, 20 high school juniors and seniors are also participating in the GE Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in Atlanta. Each week, the female students are onsite at GE offices to learn a new technology discipline while gaining exposure to cutting-edge technology used and created by GE.
“Girls are much more likely to pursue technology careers when they are exposed to the possibilities,” said Reinye Bridges, GE Girls Who Code Atlanta co-lead. “Each summer, it’s our goal to teach coding and introduce them to women technology leaders at GE. The combination makes for a powerful experience.”
GE Girls @ Georgia Tech is headed by GE women volunteers who lead and manage the camp while mentoring the participants during and after the program. At the end of this summer, the program will have touched more than 210 girls, providing 85 workshops and 5250 hours of hands-on learning from 2013-2017.
“CEISMC offers a wide range of STEM focused student enrichment programs and competitions reaching elementary through high school students," said Chris Thompson, Georgia Tech Associate Director of Student Enrichment at the Center for Education Integrating Science Math and Computing (CEISMC). "Our goal is to build the pipeline for all students; especially under-represented groups in STEM disciplines. Partnering with GE allows us to introduce young women to Georgia Tech and the many opportunities available. When the time comes to choose a college, we hope Georgia Tech will be at the top of their list.”
Last year, GE launched the GE Girls scholarship program. In cooperation with the GE Women’s Network and Society for Women Engineers (SWE), ten $5,000 scholarships are being awarded this year to GE Girls prior participants. Applications for the 2018-19 year will open in December and be posted to the SWE scholarship website.
Learn more about GE Girls at www.ge-girls.com
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