Popular summer camp empowers girls with tools and career dreams

Back by popular demand, GADgET Camp – Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology – returns to Triton College this summer to empower and create an interest in engineering technology among girls ages 12-16. The camp, which will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23-26, 2012, will teach girls about product design and how to utilize various tools to create their very own “gadgets,” while making them aware of career opportunities in a field that is currently male-dominated.

ImageThe all-girls camp has been recognized by CNN recenlty and the New York Times.

A one-of-a-kind experience, last year’s participants enjoyed learning about and working with tools and machinery they had never encountered before. Twelve-year-old Dymine Duncan and 14-year-old Jaimee Burke were both hesitant in approaching the drill press but felt proud after receiving assistance in operating it. “It was overwhelming and an aftershock (to operate the drill press),” Dymine said. Jaimee added, “That was my first time being around a machine like that. It was thrilling.”

Martha Silva, the mother of 12-year-old Elizabeth Silva who participated in the camp, beamed in delight over her daughter’s gadget. “I wanted her to participate in the program because I thought it would be an open-minded experience for her,” she said.

The camp is led by Triton’s Engineering Technology instructor Antigone Sharris, a former Triton student who has worked professionally at manufacturing factories and now shares her knowledge and expertise in the industry. She notices that the field remains male-dominated, but she believes that opportunities like GADgET will fuel the growth she envisions.

Image“Not only do I want to generate interest in the field among young girls, but I want them to feel independent and empowered,” she said.

The registration fee for the four-day camp is $95. To register for the camp, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130 and use course number CMPC46001.

For more information about the camp, contact Antigone Sharris at asharris@triton.edu or call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3622.

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