Norcross, Georgia, April 18 – LAN Systems, a leading Atlanta IT Consulting company, was delighted to help sponsor a Girl Scout event yesterday at Southern Polytechnic State University. The Girl Scout Engineers program introduces girls to engineering as a career. Although the number of women in engineering is growing, the growth has been modest compared to other careers. That’s because even though girls have the smarts, if they don’t take the required math and science in high school, engineering school is a far reach. As a group, girls get less math and science training. That’s where women engineers can help.
Through programs like Girl Scout Engineers, women engineers show girls that math and science is fun and challenging. “The girls always amaze us with their brilliance and their technical ability,” said Jennifer Huff, Electrical Engineer at Georgia System Operations Corporation. “Studies tell us that unless we reach girls by the 5th or 6th grade, they probably won’t get the courses needed in high school.” That’s why the Girl Scout program is so important.
The activities included building a circuit, puff vehicle, ship-a-chip packaging and designing simple machines. The girls enjoyed making a circuit to illuminate a light bulb and were excited when they were able to “blow-up” the filament. In ship-a-chip, the girls designed packaging for a potato chip and then we dropped an atlas on it to see the survival rate. We engineers of both genders like controlled destruction!
Several teams designed and built vehicles that made it from start to finish in a single puff. The vehicles were made of paper, straws and LifeSavers. All the girls knew about simple machines because they had been studying them in their science classes. Kudos to the 5th grade science teachers.
Engineers make this world a better and safer place. Often women choose engineering because they love technology and want to help people. To see that excitement in the next generation of female engineers is rewarding beyond compare.
“So encourage your daughters and sisters to explore math, science and technology,” said CEO Mary Hester. “And I’ll guarantee there will be a female scientist or engineer to provide the inspiration!”
About the Girl Scout of Greater Atlanta
The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. serves approximately 41,000 girls and over 17,700 adult members in 34 counties in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, northwest Georgia and Polk County, TN. Counties include Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Murray, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Upson, Whitfield and a portion of Polk County, TN. Its administrative headquarters and a volunteer service center are located at 5601 North Allen Road in Mableton, Georgia. Additional service centers are located in Cumming, Dalton and Griffin.
About LAN Systems
LAN Systems is a leading Atlanta IT Consulting company that provides people-focused IT solutions. As technology experts, LAN Systems helps companies make the most of their existing IT investment and choose the right solutions to fuel growth.
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