HLR TALKS STEM CAREERS AT HUNTLEY HIGH SCHOOL GEMS WORKSHOP
A few of HLR’s women engineers participated in Huntley High School’s first annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) Workshop to discuss their experience working in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career.
The workshop was created to encourage soon-to-be high school freshman girls to actively pursue their passion for STEM-related fields and consider joining the high school’s Engineering Academy program. At the event, Jeni Lyon, Erica Spolar, Jenn Anderson, and Maria Aguirre discussed their career paths and what they enjoy about their job with 60 eighth grade students from Marlowe and Heineman Middle Schools.
They also created a hands-on, interactive activity for the girls during the session. Jenn and Maria’s activity, which consisted of creating a bridge out of construction paper and books, demonstrated structural engineering fundamentals, while Erica’s activity covered noise, how it affects roadway projects, and what environmental engineers do to combat the issue.
Our team had a great time getting the girls excited about becoming future leaders in STEM-related fields and wish them the best of luck in their studies!