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Girls Who Build club introduces middle school girls to careers in STEM

Girls Who Build club introduces middle school girls to careers in STEM

Girls Who Build Club at Wilbur Middle School Sixth- through eighth-grade girls at Wilbur Middle School have a pilot program to help them learn about careers in STEM.

The Girls Who Build Club, which is a partnership with Textron, invites middle school students who have shown interest in technology classes to gather over lunch one Friday a month where they interact with female leaders from Textron.

 “The goal of the program is to groom students to understand all of the opportunity that’s right here in their backyard,” said Heather Meyer, director of Manufacturing Operations for Textron. “We want them to understand that you don’t have to go other places to get a great job that pays really well.”

40 girls have signed up for the program, which is one of several opportunities Wilbur students have to learn about jobs in technology.

“In order to start a club like Girls Who Code, you need four to six students,” said Tiffinie Irving, deputy superintendent for Wichita Public Schools. “Last year that number doubled and now to see this many girls interested in Girls Who Build is just great.”

In some of the other technology clubs, students didn’t have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals in person, at times having to use Skype to connect with them.

That’s something the Girls Who Build club will now make possible.

“It’s great that we have a local partner who is wanting to be a part of mentoring our young ladies,” said Irving.