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The “Young Women in Science and Engineering” program is organized by the nonprofit educational organization Northern Heritage Mills.

ACWORTH — Northern Heritage Mills is working to raise awareness of its “Young Women in Science and Engineering” program.

Gerry DeMuro, board chairman for the nonprofit educational organization, said highlights of last month’s workshops are being shared at schools around the state.

Twenty-five architects, scientists, technology specialists and engineers collaborated and conducted nine STEM workshops for 95 girls in grades seven to 10. Attendees hailed from 10 area schools (including some from southern Vermont) and included home-schooled students, DeMuro said.

Those workshops included making models of jet aircraft with 3-D printed parts; assembling model solar cars with solar chips; designing a sustainable fossil-free energy house; racing remote-controlled sailboats to learn physics principles; and blood-type and blood-spatter analysis for a forensic science.

It was the 10th year for the program.

“I really enjoyed doing the different workshop activities,” Emma Putnam of Charlestown said of her solar engineering session.

Next month, Northern Heritage Mills is launching a program to encourage students to participate in future workshops, DeMuro said.

“We’re also going to have teachers ask students if they want to participate in the first-of-its-kind Aerospace Science, Engineering Musical Video camp next summer at the U.S. National Park Service property in Cornish,” DeMuro said.

For information, email nheritagemills@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020