Hundreds of local girls explore tech futures

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NBC10 news anchor and reporter Rosemary Connors explores robotics with the Downingtown Area Robotics Team Sab-BOT-age, participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

More than 700 girls in fifth through tenth grades from more than 100 schools across the region had the chance to work with women role models to do everything from build rockets, design roller coasters, create mobile apps, extract DNA and construct suspension bridges.

Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) was held Saturday at West Chester East High School. It provides girls the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to encourage them to pursue careers in these fields.

In addition, girls can visit more than 50 organizations offering interactive experiences during the tradeshow-style GETT Expo including companies such as West Pharmaceuticals, Vanguard, DVHIMSS, Evolve IP, AGI, HomeNet Automotive, Kinetic Physical Therapy, PJM and more. Special sessions designed just for the parent/educator were held concurrent to the student sessions and explored best practices on the road to STEM success, strategies for involvement and resources available.      

“The GETT program inspires hundreds of girls each year by encouraging them to explore careers in STEM, and learn from dozens of successful female role models who work in a variety of fields,” says Gary Smith, president and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council.

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From left, Gary W. Smith, president & CEO of Chester County Economic Development Council; Michelle Kichline, Chester County Commissioner; State Representative Becky Corbin; MaryBeth DiVincenzo, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Chester County Economic Development Council

GETT is a program of the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG), an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council, and is driven by the volunteer efforts of numerous public, private and educator organizations, along with public and private investments. www.gettpa.org

The Chester County Economic Development Council is a private, non-profit economic development organization promoting smart growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The CCEDC provides proven financing solutions, cultivates workforce talent, leverages business partnerships and fosters entrepreneurial collaboration. Together, with the support of the private and public sectors, CCEDC initiates, implements and innovates programs that improve the business community and enhance the quality of life in Chester County. For more information, visit www.ccedcpa.com.

 

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