Organizations sponsor girls engineering and manufacturing courses at HCC

(May 7, 2019) – With support from several local organizations, Hagerstown Community College has been able to expand its engineering and manufacturing offerings for girls entering grades six through eight. Through HCC’s College for Kids, three week-long classes are giving girls the opportunity to use 3-D printers and robots to create, problem solve, and get hands-on learning.

“Girls Exploring Manufacturing” was initially developed at HCC under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Since the grant expired in 2018, support from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation has enabled it to be offered again this year, from June 17 to 21. In this course, girls learn how 3-D printing can build a concept, in just hours, and how a robot can solve problems and make manufacturing faster and safer.

Caldwell Manufacturing, Pinnacle Foods, and Rust-Oleum, all members of the Regional Manufacturing Roundtable, have given donations to support HCC’s newest class, “Girls Exploring Manufacturing: Overdrive,” which will be held July 15 to 19. In this class, students will take their initial impressions of manufacturing into overdrive with advanced experiments, outside speakers, and tours, to explore and prepare for careers in manufacturing.

JLG Industries, Inc., continues to be a sponsor of “Girls Exploring Engineering,” which will be held August 5 to 9. In this class, which has been offered annually for ten years, girls participate in hands-on activities that involve designing, building, and testing, to learn how engineers can change the world, protect the earth, and make a difference.

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