About 400 girls from East Tennessee schools were encouraged to pursueÂ careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics during the second annualÂ “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
The girls, who are in grades 9-12,Â interacted with women working in the engineering field, and they experienced hands-on activities at various exhibits hosted by Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and various engineering organizations, a press release said.
The guest speaker at the event was Jamie Porter. In May 2012, Porter became the first African-American female to receive a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee, the press release said.
Participating schools included Anderson County Career and Technical Center, Claiborne High, Clinton High, Coalfield High, Hardin Valley STEM Academy, Harriman High, Knoxville West High, Midway High, Oak Ridge High, Oakdale School, Oliver Springs High, Roane County High, Rockwood High, and Sunbright High.