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 DANVILLE, VA, July 7, 2014 – Danville Community College recently partnered with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) to offer a summer learning experience --- just for the girls. The “Girl Powered Thing-a-ma-jigs Camp? was designed to introduce engineering concepts to middle school girls (seven years to nine years old) to the engineering field. According to DCC’s Kirstin Pantazis, who helped coordinate the camp, females are VERY under-represented in the engineering field. She said as of 2011, only one in seven engineers was a female!

“Some females think engineering isn’t for them, but if they like being creative, wanting to help others and wanting a high paying, yet fun career, then engineering might be a possible career choice,? Pantazis said.

During the summer program, the girls designed and built bridges, conducted a stress tests on the bridges, built a Rube Goldberg machine to learn about kinetics, worked with binary and simple circuitry, and built both an electric vehicle and a solar car. They also received an introduction to Solid Works and 3D printing, learned about propulsion by building and shooting rockets, and designed and created their own make-up to learn about simple chemistry.


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