More than 750 girls in fifth through tenth grades from more than 100 schools across the region will have 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.
The 17th Annual Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) program, presented by the Chester County Economic Development Council and the Innovative Technology Action Group, will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 12:30-5 PM at West Chester East High School.
GETT 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.
Girls can visit more than 50 organizations offering interactive experiences during the tradeshow-style expo, including companies such as West Pharmaceuticals, Vanguard, Delaware Valley HIMSS, AGI, HomeNet Automotive, Kinetic Physical Therapy, Sikorsky, Paoli Hospital, PA College of Technology, Stryker, and more.
Special sessions designed just for the parent/educator track will be held concurrent to the student sessions and explore best practices in how to help children thrive in the 21st century.
“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,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO of the CCEDC.
Last year, 622 students from 101 schools registered for this event, and more than 200 parents, educators, and volunteers attended. This year’s keynote speaker is Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Students and educators participate for free, and parents are charged a nominal fee of $10. Sponsorships are still available, and volunteers are needed.