Y-12 recently held its second annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event during which some 400 girls in grades 9-12 from area schools were encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The girls interacted with women working in the engineering field and experienced hands-on activities at various exhibits hosted by Y-12, ORNL, the University of Tennessee and various engineering organizations.
The guest speaker at the event was Jamie Porter. In May 2012, Porter became the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Participating schools included Anderson County Career and Technical Center, Claiborne High, Clinton High, Coalfield High, Hardin Valley STEM Academy, Harriman High, Knoxville West High, Midway High, Oak Ridge High, Oakdale School, Oliver Springs High, Roane County High, Rockwood High and Sunbright High.