Gaby Haire is getting ready to start her senior year of high school in Brainerd, Minnesota this fall and already has her career plans in mind.
She??s spending this entire week, along with 150 other high school girls from across the country and world, at Michigan Tech??s Women in Engineering program, one of the weeklong camps in the Summer Youth Programs, to learn more about being an engineer.
Haire said she??s looking into attending Tech for college and even has a major picked out.
??I want to get into medical research because my brother was born with a condition that they really have no cure or cause for, so I want to get into research, and this was a way to explore all the different careers,?? she explained.
Each girl was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to cover program expenses. Callie Spytman, senior from Clarksdale, Michigan, said that scholarship allowed her to further explore mechanical engineering at a university on her list of top schools she would like to attend.
??It definitely opens up a lot of pathways for girls,?? said Spytman. ??Some people might have not wanted to come, their parents made them, but when you get here, you realize that there??s so many cool things inside of engineering.??
The girls spend the week learning a variety of knowledge, from blacksmithing basics, to how engines run, and even constructing a ??bristle bot?? out of a small motor, battery, and toothbrush head. But it couldn??t be done without the help of Michigan Tech students running the classes.
??Three years I??ve been working on my degree, and I picked up a lot of knowledge I feel like I can pass on to the next generation of engineers, and I??d really like to spread the word and give Michigan Tech??s name out there especially,?? said Michigan Tech PhD. student, Cameron McNamara.
??I think it??s fun to just show the students different areas of engineering and how you can actually work as a team and get involved and create something that actually works,?? added Michigan Tech graduate student, Amanda O??Toole.
It's all to help guide students to choosing a career path that they will flourish in.
Haire said she hopes to learn this week not just about engineering, but about her own interests as well.
??I think just a greater viewpoint of all the different areas,?? she said. ??I think you kind of get narrowed down too quickly, and I think this can really open up your mind to other areas.??