Photos from 15th Annual Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology
More than 530 students attended the 15th Annual Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) conference, held on Saturday, March 21, at Great Valley High School. This is the largest attendance ever for the one-day event held each year to provide girls in grades 6-12 to participate in hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) conducted by women role models. The students came from 101 difference schools in counties including Lancaster, Lackawanna, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
“I was absolutely blown away by the crowd, the energy, the quality of the expo, and the entire event,” stated Michael Grigalonis, Chief Operating Officer.
Also new this year was the GETT Expo. This tradeshow-style portion of the event featured 45 organizations conducting short hands-on activities, such as building rockets, suturing chicken legs, operating robots and creating polymer putty. Participating companies included KYW, Lockheed Martin, TechGirlz, Merck, West Pharmaceuticals, Paoli Hospital, Schramm, Comcast, Vanguard, DVHIMSS and many more.
“The GETT event was energizing and fun! It was fantastic to observe the curiosity and active participation of the girls. As an employer dedicated to supporting STEM efforts, West was pleased to witness and support the exposure of young girls to technical career paths. Having a strong technical talent pool is a requirement for our continued success,” said Karen Flynn, President, Pharmaceutical Packaging Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services.
In addition the girls attended in-depth STEM sessions by grade level that included coding, building Nanorovers, extracting DNA, exploring brain signals and many more. Ally, a middle school attendee stated, “I learned that I don’t need to code to be involved with a STEM career. There are STEM careers for everyone depending on your strengths and interests. Vivian, a high school student said, “I learned that you should just believe in your dreams.”
This year’s event featured two keynote speakers. The morning address, sponsored by AGI in Exton, was given by Devon Williams, a seasoned IT professional. In partnership with The Science Cheerleaders, she frequently speaks to youth about the importance of education, entrepreneurship, and living to your fullest potential. Jen Croneberger, provided the afternoon keynote. Jen, an inspirational speaker, delivered an engaging, thought-provoking and inspiring message to the audience as GETT wrapped up.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and AAG, our Cornerstone sponsor, participated in the GETT Expo, provided three high school sessions, and landed a helicopter as part of the day’s events.
The day also encompassed presentations geared specifically for the 184 parents and educators in attendance.
“The day was made possible with the help of our 75 presenters and more than 100 volunteers,” said Patti VanCleave, GETT Program Manager, “who helped inspire our future workforce. Everyone’s collective efforts are making a tremendous impact.”
GETT is an initiative of the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG), a program of the Chester County Economic Development Council, and is driven by the volunteer efforts of numerous public, private and educator organizations, along with public and private investments.
Check out the photos below!