iCan Etowah County Schools in Gadsden

Can you imagine a classroom full of bright, inquisitive girls excited about learning the theories of math? Or, can you imagine a team of young ladies working diligently to solve complex problems with engineering principles? The people of Alabama Power can imagine that. Alabama Power brings the power of math and science to 26 8th grade girls from Etowah County Schools, today, with their I-CAN Girls in Engineering Conference. The conference took place at Rainbow Middle School. And, according to conference participants, the decision to take part was a no-brainer. They relished the opportunity to learn about engineering. All of the conference girls are going into their freshman year. Alabama Power Vice President of the Eastern Division, Julia Segars, says that the projects that the girls work on during the conference teach them to apply engineering skills to everyday problems. Alabama Power Distribution Engineer, Jennifer Robinson, says the conferences are a proven success. She can point to 2 students who will graduate with a degree in engineering because they were inspired by the program. Robinson adds that engineering is a field the girls can grow to love. The conference lasts for one full day, ending with a panel discussion and a special guest speaker from the field of engineering. This is the first time Alabama Power has presented the program to Etowah County Schools.

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