Two Roane State staff members helped introduce more than 200 high school girls to the world of engineering during an event at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
Showing the students how to operate a robotic arm was Gordon Williams, director of the collegeâ€™s mechatronics program. Kim Harris, director of Workforce Training and Placement at Roane State, assisted in the presentation.
The demonstration was part of â€œIntroduce a Girl to Engineering,â€ a program held February 23 at Y-12â€™s New Hope Center.
Students from 15 area schools participated in the event conducted in concert with â€œGirl Day,â€ an initiative founded by DiscoverE, formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation.
â€œWe were excited by the interest and enthusiasm that the girls had in robotics and mechatronics,â€ Williams said. â€œWe had a steady stream of inquisitive young ladies eager to take a turn at operating our robotic arm and to learn about industrial automation.â€
The students were able to explore more than a dozen engineering disciplines and were encouraged to pursue engineering degrees.
Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC is the contractor that operates Y-12.
To learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math options at Roane State, visit roanestate.edu/stem.
This pressÂ release was submitted by Owen Driskill.