The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center connected the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania with Philadelphia University’s Engineering department last year when they ran a successful engineering camp for a troop of girl scouts from West Philadelphia. The Street reports that the program was so well received by the Girl Scouts that they contacted The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center again this year to put together another Engineering summer camp at Philadelphia University.
This year campers will be divided into five groups and expected to give a ten-minute debate / presentation on one alternative energy topic and the pros and cons of their assigned source of energy, including Solar, Thermal, Hydro, Wind, and Nuclear. The middle-school age girls will have the opportunity to formulate well-organized and insightful arguments based on the information they have learned throughout the program. They will be guided and taught by leaders of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries as well as Philadelphia University professors and current undergraduates. This year’s judges are from The Naval Surface Warfare Center and will use three main criterion, including quality of presentation, content quality, and answers to closing questions.