Doug Howe, professor of precision manufacturing at Nashua Community College, provides a tour of the school's Advanced Manufacturing Center to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and others on Monday. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON PHOTO)
Sen. Shaheen announces push for young women to focus on engineering
“We have got to get more young women involved in STEM subjects,” Shaheen told a small crowd gathered at Nashua Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.
“We have got to change the stereotypes,” Shaheen said, adding groups such as Merrimack High School’s Chop Shop 166 robotics team are setting new pathways for young women interested in engineering jobs. Shaheen told a small group of local and state officials about her legislation, the Inspiration Innovation School Grant Program, to boost access to STEM educational opportunities.
The more opportunities students have to think about their future careers, the better chance they will have at being successful, Conrad said.
It is also critical to make the STEM subjects fun and interesting so that young students are excited rather than afraid of math and science. The Nashua School District is currently a part of a national pilot program designed to rethink how teachers instruct math to elementary students.
While there are several amazing students like Kurup doing work in STEM areas, Conrad maintained that Nashua and New Hampshire still need more.
Brittany Lacy, a senior at Nashua High School North, will enter college this fall with a major in aerospace engineering.
“Up until this year, I was the only girl in my engineering classes,” said Lacy, acknowledging she has always had an interest in building things. “People often think of mechanical engineering as dirty work, but there is a lot more to it than getting your hands a little dirty.”