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Summer SMART Girls Spend Days in Nature’s Thrall, Campus Labs

Girls gather for a group photo amid ESC's beautiful surroundings Participants are schooled by Ryan W. Peck, lab assistant for diesel equipment technology (in hard hat) and Andrew B. Weaver, a heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major from Wellsboro A 'SMART Girl' takes control Dwarfed by heavy equipment, a camper takes a breather Justin Shelinski, lab assistant for horticulture, demonstrates landscaping software in an ESC lab Rising ninth- and 10th-grade students attending this week’s SMART Girls residential activities at Penn College visited the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood on Wednesday, learning about ornamental horticulture majors in the morning and spending the afternoon at the heavy construction equipment training site. In its ninth year, the college’s SMART Girls program offers a variety of hands-on activities to show the real-life value of math and science in the career world.Photos by Melissa M. Stocum, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management Students learn from Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies SMART Girls discover product design by computer Back on the college’s main campus in Williamsport, the resident SMART Girls took part in several days of fun and instructive activities in other curricular areas, including information technology, automated manufacturing and radiography. At left, Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of drafting/computer aided design, helps her teenage audience use software to fashion a dog toy.Photos by Jessica L. Tobias, student photographer

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