NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) — It’s all about girls in the Fox Valley, where the third annual “Smart Girls Rock” event works to inspire young woman about the STEM, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” fields.
“Rather than just making them sit down and take a look at our video wall, or not interact with our models, I think it’s been a really cool experience getting them up,” says Melissa Schulteis, a virtual construction specialist at Miron Construction.
The company held the event Thursday that takes small groups of female students across a handful of stations, giving them a hands-on feel for what STEM careers could be like.
The stations include things like welding, virtual construction and crime scene investigation.
“It’s really rewarding to see them progress and reach the goals that they’ve set for themselves,” says Lt. Kelly Gady of the Appleton Police Department.
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From July 19 through 26, nearly 200 girls ranging from kindergarten to recent high school graduates will be learning about fingerprinting, cutting apart cars and propelling from buildings at CampHERO.
Partnering with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland, CampHERO allows young girls to learn what it is like to work in protective services, which are career paths girls are not normally encouraged to pursue. It spans a week and immerses the campers in hands-on activities.
Nationally, only 31.2 percent of EMTs, 12.4 percent of police officers and 3.6 percent of firefighters are women, according to the camp’s website. CampHERO is working to fix this gender gap.
“The world’s population is 51 percent women, and we need to have statistics that reflect our population. People can do this job, they just don’t
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