Now Showing: ‘SMART Girls in 3-D’

The “mock” trade show that ended this week’s four-and-a-half-day SMART Girls session proved to be the real deal, indeed, offering display after display by young women who showed as much heart as they did skill. The rising ninth- to 11th-graders from across Pennsylvania used three-dimensional technology to create projects on behalf of causes near and dear to them, then presented their finished work to the Penn College community Thursday morning. Chosen by attendees as the top presenters were First Place: Monarch Butterfly (Tori May, McCartney Register and Rebecca Piergallini, Keystone Central School District); Second Place: BeeKeeper (Hanna Yu, State College Area School District, and Carlisle’s Anna Lippert and Grace Echevarria); Third Place: Polar Bears (Lauren Clay and Violet Burbank, Carlisle Area School District, and Mikhayla Browne, Midd-West Area School District).

– Photos by Cindy D. Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Debra M. Miller, Penn College's director of corporate relations, talks with presenters about their "Action Against Hunger" project.

Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s director of corporate relations, talks with presenters about their “Action Against Hunger” project.

Parents, college employees and other well-wishers attended the event, impressed with the knowledge gained in a matter of days.

Parents, college employees and other well-wishers attended the event, impressed with the knowledge gained in a matter of days.

Three SMART (and pleasant) Girls pause during preparation of their Monarch Butterfly display ...

Three SMART (and pleasant) Girls pause during preparation of their Monarch Butterfly display …

... and show off a beautifully replicated example from their blue-ribbon 3-D experience.

… and show off a beautifully replicated example from their blue-ribbon 3-D experience.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, aids in troubleshooting.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, aids in troubleshooting.

A roomful of SMART Girls – and their appreciative audience – mingle in College Avenue Labs.

A roomful of SMART Girls – and their appreciative audience – mingle in College Avenue Labs.

Members of the "BeeKeeper" trio explain their process to an interested visitor ...

Members of the “BeeKeeper” trio explain their process to an interested visitor …

... and show a photographer examples of their Second Place-winning honeycomb key rings.

… and show a photographer examples of their Second Place-winning honeycomb key rings.

A cell-phone cover ... with good advice for all

A cell-phone cover … with good advice for all

Mentor Craig A. Miller, a CAD technology specialist with Workforce Development & Continuing Education, lends a hand.

Mentor Craig A. Miller, a CAD technology specialist with Workforce Development & Continuing Education, lends a hand.

Self-portraits add a personal note to a "Music in Schools" presentation.

Self-portraits add a personal note to a “Music in Schools” presentation.

The "Save the Strays" team greets visitors to its booth.

The “Save the Strays” team greets visitors to its booth.

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