Girls Day Out Summer Day Camp a huge success
Girls Day Out, an educational outreach program presented by SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic, drew more than 50 young women ages 12 to 14 to the new Science and Mathematics Center at the College of Charleston Aug. 4, 2012. The girls and their parents learned about various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career opportunities, degree programs and admission requirements. The event, which was hosted by the College of Charleston, was held in collaboration with The Citadel and Charleston Southern University, and was tailored to rising 8th and 9th grade female students from various local schools.
Girls Day Out is one of many activities SSC Atlantic has undertaken in its STEM outreach program aimed at students in elementary, middle and high schools. The outreach addresses the United States’ need for a scientifically, mathematically and technologically literate populace. Once a world leader, the U.S. now lags behind other nations in STEM education from elementary school to the college level. SSC Atlantic Executive Director Christopher Miller told attendees, “We need to engage and attract the future naval scientists and engineers who will fill the pipeline for tomorrow’s high tech jobs in government and defense.”
Rebecca Ufkes, president of UEC Electronics, a multidiscipline electrical engineering firm based in Hanahan, S.C., also spoke to the students. A panel discussion featured female engineers from government and industries such as Bosch and Boeing. Female SSC Atlantic engineers were on hand to explain the work they do in their positions, share their backgrounds and offer encouragement for STEM careers. In addition to hands-on exhibits and interactive learning stations, the girls and their parents also toured the College of Charleston campus and new science center.