Freshman and Sophomore girls travelled to Columbia Basin College on Oct. 14th to participate in the annual GLAM event. There were female students from high schools from all over the Tri-Cities area in attendance to learn about STEM and how it relates to today's growing manufacturing industry.
Girls Learning About Manufacturing (GLAM) is hosted at CBC in partnership with the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC). GLAM encourages girls to explore the breadth of STEM careers associated with manufacturing, engineering, and technology in a fun, creative, problem-solving environment.
GLAM is an educational program introducing female high school students to the exciting world of manufacturing. Girls participate in creating a team project using their creativity and problem-solving skills alongside two motivating female industry professionals as they are educated on academic pathways that lead to a variety of career opportunities within the manufacturing industry.
The girls were tasked with creating a product to assist people with real-life problems. For example, The Doodle Buddy Pillow was created by a group of students from Kamiakin and Richland high schools. This pillow was developed to assist Alzheimers patients with memory retention and therapy. This project was just one of many problem-solving sessions taking place throughout the day at the GLAM event. Also of note, every group had a professional advisor from one the 32 different businesses on-hand sponsoring the event, dedicated to assisting the group with problem-solving their assigned challenge. These professionals were all women who are working everyday as successful individuals in their fields within the manufacturing industry.
This was a great opportunity for the GEAR UP students at Kamiakin High School and the girls voted unanoumously that GEAR UP should provide this opportuntiy again next year for the students at Kamiakin High School.