GADgET — Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology

GADgET Summer Camp (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology) was held at Triton College in River Grove, IL for two weeks in June. Twenty girls participated with ages ranging from twelve to sixteen years old.

GADgET is designed to introduce female youth to the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects, site visits to manufacturing facilities, and going through the design-to-build process of their own creation.  CAD, entrepreneurship skills, academic requirements for 21st century manufacturing careers, as well as teamwork skills are covered in the program.

The girls learned to build a robotic hydraulic arm, learned to solder their LED project, and ultimately, designed, built and presented on their own gadget.  While doing all this, they also visited three different manufacturing companies, and Barb DeCesare, an NFPA member from HydraForce spoke to the group about careers. Bob Hammond, an NFPA member from Deltrol Fluid Products, was part of the final presentation on the last day of the camp.

Nuts, bolts and thingamajigs logo

The curriculum and base funding for the program is thanks to the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation (the foundation of the FMA, Fabricators & Manufacturer Association, International).

GADgET Girls Camp attendees

 

For more information, please contact Lynn Beyer at (414) 778-3364 or lbeyer@nfpa.com.

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