Twelve girls from the Fond du Lac area proudly showed off their new engineering skills, learned at Moraine Park Technical College’s first Engineering for Girls camp, to parents and friends on Thursday, June 27, for their final presentation.
The four-day camp introduced participants entering grades 6-8 to mechanical, robotic and program engineering by having them work in two-person teams to build and program their robots to complete a variety of challenges.
Craig Habeck, mechatronics instructor at Moraine Park, and three female engineers from John Deere, were there to help the girls troubleshoot issues with their robots and teach them more about engineering.
“The event has been very successful,” Habeck said. “The students participating are very interested in the subject. I am impressed with their motivation to complete the challenges.”
One of the participants, Claire Werch of Berlin, said the camp was the first time she had done any programming.
“I really like programming the robots,” Werch said. “It is really exciting when you get it right and see them do the things they’re supposed to do.”
Amy Nipp, performance and reliability engineering intern at John Deere, said this event is a great way for the girls to get exposure to the field and open up opportunities for their future.
“I went to a camp like this when I was younger, and it really encouraged me to pursue a degree in engineering,” Nipp said. “This is the perfect age group for the girls to get exposure to the different programs they can pursue.”
Moraine Park plans we plan to continue offering the Engineering for Girls camp in the future. For more information, contact Kathy Hass, trades and manufacturing administrative assistant, at 920-924-6436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.