This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Ohio State Camp Inspires Girls To Pursue Engineering Careers

Stock quotes in this article: SMG

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Although women comprise 48 percent of the workforce, they hold only 24 percent of STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) jobs, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report. In engineering, that percentage drops to 13.4 percent.

The Ohio State University College of Engineering—a leader in promoting STEM education and career awareness to young women and men—aims to change those statistics by hosting "WiE GROW," a hands-on summer camp designed to inspire eighth-grade girls to pursue engineering in college and beyond. WiE is an acronym for the college's Women in Engineering Program, which hosts the camp.

Sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG), WiE GROW will bring together students from across Ohio, July 29 to August 2, to participate in fun science- and engineering-related activities.

"The middle school age is critical for women to make decisions about entering the engineering profession," said Shawna Fletcher, interim director of Women in Engineering at Ohio State. "Many times, girls outperform boys in math and science at that age, but too often their performance doesn't translate into pursuing STEM professions. WiE GROW instills confidence and teaches girls about the impact they can have as an engineer to help people and society."

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has been a committed partner in WiE Grow since 2005, helping the College of Engineering fulfill its mission of increasing the number of women engineers.

"The WiE Grow program is a wonderful gateway for young women to explore their interest in science and engineering." said Dave Swihart, senior vice president, Global Research & Development and Sourcing, ScottsMiracle-Gro. "ScottsMiracle-Gro and The Ohio State University College of Engineering are proud of this partnership that is nurturing our future leaders in the sciences."

At Ohio State, enrollment of women engineering students has steadily increased from 13.4 percent in 2007 to 18.9 percent in 2012, due in part to College of Engineering summer programs like the WiE GROW camp.

As one component of the camp, students complete mini-projects related to a range of engineering fields, including agriculture, environmental and materials science. This year, participants will build planters to learn about the engineering design process, from mechanical and computer-aided drawing to hands-on building of the planters themselves. With help from ScottsMiracle-Gro professionals, participants will learn about the science of making soil. Upon completion, campers will deliver the planters to a local nursing home as part of their community service experience.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,916.32 -126.58 -0.74%
S&P 500 1,959.28 -13.01 -0.66%
NASDAQ 4,448.1740 -45.2160 -1.01%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs