Pennsylvania College of Technology developed Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies (SMART) Girls to counter an alarming academic and social trend: Girls tend to shy away from math and sciences as they enter adolescence and their important high school years.
SMART Girls provides young females, in grades 9-11, the opportunity to experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology. Hands-on experiences will range from crushing concrete (working with compression strength) to cyber challenges (creating Web pages).
- Expose students to career options in emerging technologies
- Encourage a strong foundation in high school math and sciences
Dream It – Design It – Do It: It’s a 3D Summer in Careers Never Imagined
The 2014 summer camp engaged participants in the art of 3D Printing and a theme of 3D! Dream It – Design It – Do It gave each girl an opportunity to experience the art of 3D printing from beginning to end. Participants worked in teams to build a 3D printer, design and print, and ultimately demonstrated their creations at a trade-show like event (open to the community). In addition to the project-based learning model, girls experienced daily themes of Career Development, Economic Development, and Workforce Development (3D’s of the Career, Education, and Work Standards) woven through the technical and soft skill experiences.
Students needed no prior-knowledge of 3D printing or design to be successful at this camp – just a willingness to work together in a team, learn new technology, and have a great time!
“There are many other jobs that I didn’t know existed and they interested me; I will learn to search more for different opportunities.”
SMART Girl participant
This project is partially funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-270) through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, by the generous support of Pennsylvania companies through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and by Pennsylvania College of Technology.