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SMART Girls (July 11-15)

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its 10th annual residential SMART Girls (Science and Math Applications in Real World Technologies for Girls) program July 11-15. Thirty-six girls participated in the program, which is for young women entering ninth and 10th grades. Trends show that a high percentage of girls stop taking higher-level math and science courses in their early teens, which leaves them at a disadvantage in pursuing many careers. One of the goals for SMART Girls is to encourage an interest in those subject areas by showing their real-world applications. Field trips included the Quest program at Bloomsburg University, where the girls climbed a 50-foot rock wall and participated in team-building activities. The SMART Girls also visited the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, where they learned about aircraft weight and balance; and the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood, learning about ornamental horticulture majors and spending time at the heavy construction equipment training site. Hands-on workshops included a range of applied-technology career areas, including photojournalism, physical fitness, paramedic technology, plastics, radiography, drafting and computer aided design, digital photography, and mathematics. The girls also participated in career exploration, facilitated by K-12 staff; communication and leadership activities, facilitated by Career Services staff; and digital storytelling, facilitated by the Madigan Library staff. The keynote address this year was presented by Anne K. Soucy, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, an advocate and champion of young women in nontraditional-by-gender careers. Upcoming SMART Girls events include two Saturday programs: Oct. 2, for girls in seventh and eighth grades, and Oct. 23 for girls in 10th and 11th grades. For more information, visit online, send e-mail or call the college’s Career Services Office at 570-327-4502.

— Photos by Danielle M. Liddic, nontraditional support/career development specialist, Career Services,
and Melissa M. Stocum, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management

Project chaperone Casey Braun shows the girls that "It's not too bad" in the paramedic laboratory.
Project chaperone Casey Braun shows the girls that “It’s not too bad” in the paramedic laboratory.

SMART Girls participate in the Exercise Prescription 101 workshop.
SMART Girls participate in the Exercise Prescription 101 workshop.

Team-building activities
Team-building activities

Girls at the top of the rock-climbing wall
Girls at the top of the rock-climbing wall

Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, answers questions at the Lumley Aviation Center.
Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, answers questions at the Lumley Aviation Center.

SMART Girls pose in the Aviation Center hangar.
SMART Girls pose in the Aviation Center hangar.

Operating heavy equipment
Operating heavy equipment

Landscaping a house, computer-style
Landscaping a house, computer-style

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