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                              Shaping





            the future of




              engineering







              Middle school girls encouraged

                      to explore careers in STEM                  SRNS Engineer Catherine Mancuso assists Kylee Fonseca, Leavelle McCampbell Middle
                                                                  School, as she attempts to operate a crawling robot through a section of clear piping.

























           SRNS meteorologist Arelis Rivera-Giboyeaux (right) works with area students to demonstrate several weather-related properties during this year’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering.

            In partnership with the Society of Women Engineers and The Ruth
            Patrick Science Education Center, SRNS recently hosted middle   “This event exposes the girls to women engineers…role models
            school students from throughout the greater Aiken-Augusta area as   for a career involving math, science and engineering. Since our
            a part of this year’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.”
                                                                    careers in engineering have been interesting in many ways, we
            Held at the Ruth Patrick Science and Education Center, on the   want to share that experience with these young students.”
            University of South Carolina Aiken campus, each participating             Jane Carter
            school selected three students who have shown an interest in a
            career involving engineering.
            According to Gladys Moore, SRNS Education Outreach, the   Engineer Jane Carter. “Since our careers in engineering have been
            Introduce a Girl to Engineering program is designed to emphasize   interesting in many ways, we want to share that experience with
            the DiscoverE Engineers Week message of encouraging students   these young students.”
            to consider careers in engineering, science and technology.
                                                                  Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day activities included participating
            During the day-long event, the participants also had an opportunity   in a robotics demonstration, meteorological experiments, building
            to interact with women currently working in various fields of   “puff mobiles” made from hard candy and paper and racing to
            science and engineering, professionals from across SRS including   construct the tallest tower with only a single piece of newspaper.
            representatives from local industry.                  Students attending this year’s event were from schools in Aiken,
            “This event exposes the girls to women engineers…role models   Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield in South Carolina, and
            for a career involving math, science and engineering,” said SRNS   Columbia and Richmond Counties in Georgia.
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