Getting girls excited about STEM

Getting young girls excited about STEM careers

In July 2016, Bosch’s Charleston, South Carolina, plant teamed up with local businesses to host nearly 100 rising 8th and 9th graders for the 2016 Girls Day Out two-day summer camp. It was designed to showcase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers to encourage these young women to be thinkers, problem solvers, leaders and entrepreneurs.

To get the full effect of manufacturing work life, the girls toured the Bosch plant, which supports production of passenger car diesel and gasoline fuel injectors, as well as next generation anti-lock brake and electronic stability control systems.

In addition, the program featured a session to teach parents about various STEM degrees and college admission, as well as exercises to teach the girls valuable interpersonal skills techniques, proper etiquette and how to dress for success. A job expo hosted by local businesses and colleges introduced girls to the realities of the job search while providing insights into each girl's comfort level, confidence and self-awareness.