Female GE Hitachi staff inspires middle schoolers about STEM

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GE Hitachi Hosts 10th Annual Girls in Technology Summit. (Photo: Jon Allen/ GE Hitachi)

WILMINGTON, NC (News Release/WWAY) — GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) hosted its 10th annual Girls in Technology Summit to promote opportunities for women in engineering and business Friday.

More than 130 students from 13 middle schools in New Hanover and Pender Counties participated in the summit at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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“It is invaluable for students to interact with technology career role models and work in teams as real-life engineers do,” said Mona Badie, chief information officer and chief digital officer for GEH. “On the 10th year that GEH hosts this event, we are thrilled to encourage and empower young women to pursue career paths in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and impress on them that careers in technology solve real-world problems that help people.”

(Photo: GE Hitachi)

More than 30 female engineers and technologists from GEH volunteered to serve as coaches, mentors and judges at the summit. The seventh and eighth grade students were divided into groups and completed technology and engineering activities to help build problem solving skills and learn how being an engineer is challenging, exciting and important work.

The event was at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Watson College of Education. GEH partners with UNCW on a variety of activities throughout the year including career fairs and co-op and internship opportunities.