State of Education: Engineering Our Future
It's a summer camp put on by National Grid in partnership with community organizations across New York State. It's a combination of exploration and skill building which is also part of the Engineering Our Future initiative. Vince Gallagher has more.
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It's a summer camp put on by National Grid in partnership with community organizations across New York State. It's a combination of exploration and skill building which is also part of the Engineering Our Future initiative.
"What we want to do is encourage young girls to look ahead, look at how important math and science is as a base foundation to get future jobs," said William Flaherty, Community and Customer Management Director.
These students from Girls Incorporated met with National Grid employees and in some cases, there was some new light shed on their future.
"When they think about that as career opportunities to see women in leadership positions right here at National Grid that do that kind of work, oh that's something I can do, that's a woman that kind of looks like me," said Gail Wilson Giarratano.
And of course, while future career opportunities are important, so is present day education and there is a subject area that remains important today as ever.
"We know in order to prepare students, young people today, for future opportunities and what will be needed in terms of work force development in this country and certainly a global issue is science, technology, engineering, and math," Giarratano said.
Also known as STEM. It's important for everyone, but is it a myth that girls struggle in this area more than boys, in a way, yes.
"It's not why do girls maybe perform not as well in science and math, it's how to get girls enthused and interested in these careers. Girls learn differently than boys," Giarratano said.
But with experiences like this, along with a continued focus on STEM in the classroom, the future can look bright.
It takes a lot of work you really just have to decide what you want to do and work hard to achieve your goals and I think by the end of the day these girls will realize they can do it too," said Kim Weatherwax, an electronic overhead supervisor.
While getting technology down to a science.