Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) recently hosted more than a dozen high-school students from the area who were participating in College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) annual ‘Engineer Like a Girl’ program to help the college inspire the next generation of women engineers. The ‘Engineer Like a Girl’ program is one of several outreach activities that CSM hosts to expose high-schoolers to the opportunities that exist for women who pursue careers in engineering fields. The summer program aims to empower girls to develop their talents and become the world’s problem solvers. Students participate in fun activities that represent engineering, such as building towers out of marshmallows or building mobile phone detectors, and they visit local employers and meet women engineers. The program’s creator and lead instructor, Pre-Engineering Coordinator Jehnell C. Linkins said the goal of the week-long program is two-fold: First, teach young girls that no profession is gender-specific; and second, prove that engineering can be really fun. ‘Engineer Like a Girl’ participants spent a day at SMECO to learn about the engineering principles behind electric utility systems. They watched a hot line demonstration that shows what can happen when objects come into contact with live power lines. The students visited […]
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