On November 14, 2018, participants in our Tour Your Future program visited Michael Baker International. During the tour, participants had the opportunity to meet female professionals that work in engineering. Students met with an aviation engineer, a civil engineer, and an ecologist! We learned how GIS mapping is useful for various careers and how it’s used to collect data. We constructed hoop gliders, “flew” them to various cities, and tracked data to show in real-time how an interactive GIS map works. We also learned about the different types of pollution in groundwater, and how ecologists are working to create sustainable green spaces, and before we left, we learned how civil engineers take care of our roadways and bridges. We even had the opportunity to create our own bridges using K’nex pieces!
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Carnegie STEM Girls is a project of Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development. Women hold just 25% of STEM-related jobs in the United States. Carnegie STEM Girls programs are designed to reverse that trend! We want girls to recognize that STEM topics and careers are pretty cool, maybe even cool enough to be part of their future plans. To help them envision these possibilities, the Carnegie STEM Girls Programs offer after school opportunities, the Tour Your Future program, special events, and the comprehensive CarnegieSTEMgirls.org website!
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