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Local Push To Get Girls Interested In Engineering


According to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce only one in seven engineers is female. To help improve those odds the Savannah Coastal Empire Section of the Society of Women Engineers hosted a "Girls Engineer It" day on Saturday.

Around 300 middle and high school girls attended with a lot of the females captivated by the robots.

"I'd like to make one of these it would be so cool," said freshman Arielle Adams.

15-year-old Arielle Adams said she wants to pursue engineering and to continue to break the stereotype.

"People think that they are all in their cubicles and they are all geeky and stuff but they are just regular people and cooler people," said Adams.

Local engineering companies and colleges pulled out all the stops showing middle and high school girls a career path to think about.

"I don't think it has been something they traditionally have been interested in and I still think there is a barrier perhaps at the school level where girls that are interested in science somehow don't feel comfortable with it,"  said Herty President, Dr. Alex Koukouls.

The founding president of the local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers said the low amount of women in the engineering workforce leaves a lot of opportunity for that sex.

"Gulfstream, Southern Company have a really big push to get women involved and the benefit of that is not to increase your diversity number but also any time you get people from different backgrounds you're going to get more answers," said Becky Boyd.

9th grader Adams said she finds local programs like "Girls Engineer It" useful to help achieve her goals.

"Just make a product that a lot of people enjoy, something that will change everything," said Adams.

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