Female engineers from across Mississippi Power gathered at Meridian Community College on Thursday for National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Freshmen from Lamar School race cars they built at Thursday’s iCan: Girls in Engineering Camp at MCC.

Feb. 16-22 has been dubbed Engineers Week for 2020, and these women were excited to share their career paths with more than a dozen students from Lamar School at an iCan: Girls in Engineering camp.

“These camps are a great way for young women to be introduced to the many career paths that studying engineering offers,” Senior Community Development Representative Ann Holland said. “They’re having fun and using critical thinking skills at the same time .”

After an introductory period, where the engineers discussed how they became interested in their particular field, the students worked in groups on various projects that would help them apply the core elements of industrial, chemical and mechanical engineering.

“I think it’s really important to have more women in the Engineering field,” Lamar School freshman Emily Hennington said. “I liked the station where we worked with circuits. It was really cool how you piece all the objects together out of nothing and you can make lights or music play.”

After designing their own shoes from scratch, these Lamar School students were all smiles.

“My favorite part was making lip gloss, bath bombs and bath salt that you can use later,” said Lamar’s Libby Newell.

“I’ve really enjoyed speaking with the engineers because it shows us what they’re really doing in their everyday jobs,” said Rachel Mason

But it wasn’t just the students who were having fun with the experience.

“This is the first time I’ve participated in an event like this and it is so much fun,” Substation Supervisor Stellamarie Rodriguez said. “I’ve been working as an engineer for seven years, and I got into it because I was always interested in chemistry and physics. That’s how my journey began.”

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