Introducing High School Girls to the Possibilities of a Career in Engineering

April 13, 2022 by Westinghouse Electric Company

Our nationally recognized Women in Nuclear (WIN) Pittsburgh Chapter recently hosted an educational outreach event at our headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Last week, our WIN Pittsburgh Chapter hosted their biannual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event at our headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.IMG_0106

With these events, members of our WIN Employee Resource Group (ERG) volunteer their time to give lectures and workshops to young women. The aim is to encourage them to pursue higher education and provide them with an overview of the career opportunities available to them within engineering and other technical fields.

Here's a quick look at our event participants - by the numbers:

  • 80 high school girls in their sophomore or junior year
  • 15 high school teachers
  • 15 schools from the Greater Pittsburgh area

The day included an overview presentation on nuclear power, a discussion on the disciplines within engineering, activities related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a tour of Westinghouse’s AP1000® simulator as well as a career panel with our WIN members followed by a Q&A session.

Sarah Fetters, Westinghouse’s manager of Market Development Major Program and member of our WIN Pittsburgh Chapter who helped organize the event, said that they focused on new and different activities that were also nuclear-specific as many of the students had already done the standard STEM ones.

“We got amazing feedback on our unique STEM activities as well as how much the girls loved the career panel and hearing from real women in the field,” Sarah said. “It was one of our most successful Introduce a Girl to Engineering events ever!”