Triton engineers to bring back the girls

Triton College is hosting an all-girl camp July 25-28 to drum up female interest in engineering

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By Shawn Gilley

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Triton College is making an effort next week to bring more girls into the male-dominated field of engineering. The college's Engineering Technology program is hosting an all-girl engineering camp from July 25-28 to "work with tools, take tours of local plants and learn all about how to make their own designs," says the press release.

The program is called GADgET, standing for Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology and is the first endeavor by the college.

Triton received partial funding from a grant given by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, a national manufacturing summer camp program, and Triton's is the only all-girl engineering camp funded by the program.

The program coordinator and current instructor in Triton's engineering department, Antigone Sharris, explains that she created this camp in order to "expose girls earl on to the potential of a future in engineering and to emphasize that the field isn't just for males – even though it is currently male dominated". Sharris continues to add that only roughly 15% of enrolled students in the engineering program are female currently.

Each GADgET attendee will be given her own tool set for working at the camp. GADgET will also showcase possible engineering careers by bringing the girls to local companies, MSI Testing and Engineering, Inc., in Melrose Park and Tru-Way metal fabrication shop in Northlake.

"It's up to them. That's the beauty of it," Sharris said of women who decide to pursue a career in engineering. "There's no limit to what they can do. The only thing that does limit them is their thinking that they can't."

For more information about GADgET camp and/or the Engineering Technology program at Triton, contact Antigone Sharris, program coordinator, at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3622, or e-mail asharris@triton.edu.

GADgET is part of a national manufacturing summer camp program designed and sponsored by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. Learn more about these organizations at www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org and http://www.nacce.com/.

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