When the 20th annual Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) conference had to be cancelled last March due to COVID-19, more than 1,200 girls, parents, and educators from 200-plus schools and six counties were disappointed.
That’s all over now.
Thanks to generous sponsorships from more than 30 businesses and organizations, GETT’S 20th Anniversary Video Series launches on Thursday, Nov. 12 with an all-star lineup of women mentors and is available free to the next generation of girls as they explore careers in for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
GETT’S opening ceremony and launch event kicks off with appearances from U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, as well as NBC10’s Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and children’s book author Brittney Shipp. Then, every week through the end of the school year, a new video or live stream will be released showcasing successful women from the region’s broad scope of STEM-related industries, as well as hands-on STEM activities designed to help girls discover new ways to connect their passions in STEM.
Thursday’s launch event is available for viewing from 10 AM-10 PM and is free to all participants, but you must pre-register by clicking here.
“Thanks to premier sponsors like Vanguard, Sikorsky, QVC, West Pharmaceutical, AGI, Chester County Technical College High Schools and PECO, who jumped on board from the beginning, we now have commitments from over 30 leading STEM companies and organizations to participate,” said Diana Kimmich, co-chair of GETT and Talent Acquisition Manager at Analytical Graphics, Inc. in Exton. “This is allowing us to go from a one-day event focused on southeastern Pennsylvania to a statewide weekly viewing party lasting eight months. It has turned out to be an incredible way to celebrate GETT’s 20th anniversary.”
“We are proud to be a part of GETT’S 20th Anniversary Video Series, which has such a positive impact on our local community,” said Karen Etzkorn, CIO of Qurate Retail Group, which includes multiplatform retailer QVC. “We understand the significance of incorporating STEM education early on, and this important initiative does just that, presenting wonderful opportunities for young girls to gain experience and mentoring in STEM.”
Now in its 20th year, GETT is a free event for girls in grades 5-10 to explore hands-on activities in STEM fields, including architectural design, robotics, coding, healthcare, engineering, video gaming, environmental science, virtual reality, aerospace, information technology, veterinary sciences, forensic sciences, automotive engineering, and much more. Working with women role models from the region’s top science and tech companies, the girls have flown their first drones, used robotics to animate objects, created sutures using real surgical instruments, interacted with robots, and more.
GETT is presented by the Chester County Economic Development Council via its Innovative Technology Action Group initiative. Driven by the volunteer efforts of numerous public, private, and educator organizations, along with public and private investments, GETT began in Chester County in 2001 as a response to the under-representation of young women in STEM-related industries. Since that time, GETT has expanded its geographical footprint to include southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware.