Girls in Engineering, Math and Science

St. Joseph's Indian School kids attended Girls in Engineering, Math and Science workshop.
Marion and Katie work on their bridge.

Our 8th grade girls attended a Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) workshop this past Saturday.  It was held at South Dakota State University. The purpose of the workshop was to generate female interest in the fields traditionally populated by males.   The girls listened to female students who chose different fields of engineering and what they enjoyed about their chosen major.   All the girls participated in a series of activities exploring engineering, math and science.

They built and programmed robots, investigated the science of forensics with a “Who done it?” scenario – complete with fingerprinting – and built load-bearing bridges out of toothpicks.  Each participant received a backpack from SDSU loaded with lots of stuff, a notebook, calculator, logo cup, pens and a flashlight, to name a few.

This was an opportunity  that really opened a number of unexpected future options for them.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

1 thought on “Girls in Engineering, Math and Science”

  1. I am over-joyed with the opportunities you have provided for these girls or are they young-women now?

    My youngest grand-daughter is in 8th. They live one state away, I’m her older sister’s confirmation sponsor. That’s this Friday. Last year, I text’d her, that I’m too young to have two teenaged grandaughters!

    Their Dad, our oldest son, is an Areo-space Engineer. His best friend, and former neighbor, is a Doctor of Astronomy. His Wife? She is also a Doctor of Astronomy.

    The, “glass ceiling,” is still there but with your School’s programs, you and your students can lower it.

    You, your staff, and teachers are to be congratulated as well as these girls for their work and acomplishments.

    “God is good.”

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