Pantex hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Conference
Amarillo's women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM fields, encouraged the next generation at the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day conference sponsored by Pantex and Region 16 Education Service Center Feb. 21.
Nearly 300 girls in grades 8-12 from area schools took part in interactive presentation booths designed to encourage their interest in engineering and other technical fields. Students also attended plenary sessions led by professionals from Pantex, Bell, Xcel Energy, and West Texas A&M University, who encouraged them to consider STEM curriculum in their future career choices.
Pantex Deputy Site Manager Corey Strickland, who spoke at the event, said, “It was so exciting to see so many young women interested in learning more about STEM curriculum. Due to the nature of our work, Pantex will always have a need for scientists, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, etc. Seeing them participate in tabletop exercises, discussing what studying within the STEM curricula would mean for their career, and listening to their questions during panel discussions made my confidence level soar knowing that these students have a heart for STEM.”
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, Pantex Women in Nuclear, Pantex Outreach and Leadership Organization, and Region 16 hosted the conference as part of a week-long celebration for National Engineers Week.