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Girl Scouts explore STEM careers with INTREN

Recently, nine INTREN women hosted 45 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana for an Energy/STEAM Career Exploration Day in INTREN's Franklin Park, IL office. Our team shared information and insights about their jobs and how STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) concepts play a part. Scouts explored our world of energy via interactive, hands-on activities and stories, discussions and question-and-answer sessions.

Girl Scouts try on INTREN safety equipmentAfter the welcome introductions, the Girl Scouts rotated to three different "stations" throughout the morning. Senior Project Manager Mearl Kise-Halsall and Operations Director Sarah Douglas ran an engineering station where girls learned about the importance of safety, tried on PPE, learned the mechanics of electricity and just how diverse our crews' jobs are out in the field.

Procurement Director Deniese Meyer and Equipment Buyer Jennifer Chaffin showed the girls equipment a digger truck and a John Deere 330 skid loader, among other trucks. Marketing Manager Mary Smith and Assistant Marketing Manager Heidi Schmitt explored the importance of having a strong INTREN brand and shared different elements of marketing, promotions and communication.

In the final segment of the event, our volunteer panel shared more about leadership, what they enjoyed about their jobs, and what might help girls find their passion and explore STEAM opportunities while still in school. We closed the meeting by awarding each Girl Scout a custom STEAM exploration patch they earned by taking this learning journey with us.

We were grateful to host our STEAM leaders of tomorrow!