Michigan Tech’s Automotive Engineering camp for high school girls strives to address concerns about gender gap in the automotive workforce.
The immersive, week-long program aims to inculcate a strong interest in automotive engineering among pre-college teens to kick-start their dream job in the automotive industry and also help gain a competitive edge for college.
Although the camp is meant only for juniors and seniors, some super motivated 9th graders typically make it to the class each summer.
More than 85% camp goers said they would be interested in an automotive engineering career, according to a post-program survey this summer. That compares to 40% who said they would be interested in such a career before the start of the program. A whopping 95% said they would be interested in pursuing a science career once they completed the camp.