Camp aims to boost tech careers among young women

Camp aims to boost tech careers among young women

Catherine Quon (blue tee, left) from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Hannah Brood (right) from Rudyard, Mich., accept a congratulatory fist bump from Lake Superior State University student counselor Brandon Niemi. The trio’s demonstration on a Staubli robot in LSSU’s automated systems laboratory performed flawlessly for friends and family on July 7. Demos capped an intensive weeklong Women In Technology camp hosted by Lake State that offered projects in electronics, computer simulation, webpage development, industrial robotics, and Arduino robotics. LSSU is the only university in the United States to offer an industrial robotics specialization in its undergraduate engineering and engineering technology degrees for the past 30 consecutive years. Niemi, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is a senior majoring in electrical engineering with a robotics concentration.

Paige Dugas keeps a sharp eye on her FANUC M10 robot

Paige Dugas keeps a sharp eye on her FANUC M10 robot in Lake Superior State University’s automated systems laboratory on July 7. Dugas, who hails from East Lansing, Mich., joined 20 other junior high-age campers over the last two weeks from all over Michigan and Ontario for LSSU’s 26th-annual Women In Technology camp. The intensive weeklong sessions offer projects in electronics, computer simulation, webpage development, industrial robotics, and Arduino robotics. The camps are underwritten by federal, state, and private-sector grants in an attempt to bring more women into technology careers. LSSU is the only university in the United States to offer an industrial robotics specialization in its undergraduate engineering and engineering technology degrees for the past 30 consecutive years.

Camp aims to boost tech careers among young women

Lake Superior State University science campers (in blue tees) are nothing but grins as FANUC M10 robots in LSSU’s automated systems laboratory perform flawlessly for friends and family on July 7. From left (with hometowns) are Dhatri Medarametla (Troy, Mich.), Elizabeth Longcore (Portage, Mich.), Hannah Longcore (Portage, Mich.), and Ella Weirich (Rockford, Mich.) The demos capped an intensive weeklong Women In Technology camp that offered projects in electronics, computer simulation, webpage development, industrial robotics, and Arduino robotics. LSSU is the only university in the United States to offer an industrial robotics specialization in its undergraduate engineering and engineering technology degrees for the past 30 consecutive years.