NFPA Members Share In A Day of STEM Discovery With Girls – Learn How!

On March 21, Tech Savvy took place at Triton College in River Grove, IL. Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls to these fields and to inform mentoring adults about STEM education and careers and how they can support the girls’ interest and success in STEM.

Antigone Sharris of Triton organized this event which had more than 160 girls, teachers and parents in attendance. This program of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), introduced these girls in grades six through nine to STEM-related topics, including career pathways, through hands-on workshops and guest speakers. The day actually began with hands-on workshops in various math and science fields.

The second portion of the day focused on “savvy skills.” These are skills girls can use in their daily lives, such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, public speaking, and knowledge about financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing.

Cindy Fawcett, of NFPA member, HydraForce, brought an excavator demo kit to exhibit and presented to the group on what it’s like to be a woman in the hydraulics field as well as how to support and motivate girls in STEM. Cindy had a line of girls waiting to play with the HydraForce “beast”!

Triton College and HydraForce are NFPA Members and are both very involved in educational opportunities for students of all ages.

We need your help in making the Industry/Student connection! If you would like to learn more about getting involved with local students and schools or getting involved with a TechSavvy event in your area, contact Lynn Beyer at or (414) 778-3364.

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