PHOTOS: Tesla Gigafactory hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
STOREY COUNTY, Nev. – On Feb. 21, Tesla and Envirolution partnered to host local middle school students from Sparks Middle School and Dilworth STEM Academy at Gigafactory 1 to celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, a national movement to show girls how engineering can be a great career choice.
“With the goal of creating a fun, engaging experience, activities were hands-on and explored different fields in engineering,” according to a news release provided to the NNBV. “Students had the opportunity to build a simple motor (electrical), suspension bridge (civil) or balloon-propelled car (mechanical).
“With females making up only a fraction of the engineering workforce in the U.S., Tesla is committed to increasing female students’ exposure to manufacturing and engineering.”
This event is part of Tesla’s commitment to investing $37.5M in K-12 education over five years, as demand for STEM jobs will continue to grow dramatically over the next few years.
Envirolution is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders.
Aside from Northern Nevada, also hosted middle schoolers for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at its locations in Las Vegas and Fremont, California.
Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC’s Reno office.