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 6 - 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
June 22-26, 2013, for girls entering grades 9-11.
“I learned that math and science can be applied to almost anything, and now I will be more attentive to my math class.”
SMART Girl participant
This project is funded, in part, by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-270), under the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, and in part by Pennsylvania College of Technology.