Wabtec Girls Who STEAM is a week-long science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) camp, organized in partnership by GE Transportation, a Wabtec company, and Penn State Behrend, for sixth and seventh grade girls in Erie area schools.
Wabtec Girls Who STEAM is one of just twenty such programs of its kind in the world.
Young women are paired with female mentors from Wabtec Corporation and introduced to topics such as robotics, electronic circuits, chemistry, structures, energy, and more. Other women—Wabtec engineers, interns, and faculty members from Penn State Behrend—lead classroom and lab sessions.
The exclusive STEAM curriculum designed by Wabtec and Penn State Behrend includes more than twenty activities focusing on design, electronics, chemistry, structures, and energy. Girls can simulate the experience of driving a locomotive, program robots, and learn about injection mold design in the largest plastics training lab in the country. The program introduces middle school girls to careers and fields they might not previously have known about.