Omega Design Corporation was proud to participate in the 2016 Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) event. This day-long event for girls in grades 5-10 was held at West Chester High School in West Chester, Pa on Saturday, March 12th.
Girls and their parents attended this annual event to learn about career opportunities in a broad scope of STEM related industries. The day was filled with exciting, enlightening and experiential workshops led by successful women in STEM fields.
More than 600 attendees passed through the expo hall in which Omega's booth was on display. Attendees discovered what Omega does with packaging and how Omega needs women to fill manufacturing jobs that range from Engineering to Machine Assembly to Sales and Marketing. Kourtney Caspersen and Cheryl Eckman represented Omega at the booth and shared their experiences.
Woman Vs Machine
As part of a hands-on activity, Omega set up a small conveyor segment. Throughout the day, teams of girls would race to see how many bottles they could put onto a moving conveyor within one minute. Afterwards, Omega would show a video of its Bottle Unscrambler placing bottles onto a conveyor at speeds up to 350 bottles per minute. Naturally, this segued into conversations about the importance of packaging automation.
EVENT UPDATE (4/5/16):
GETT event stats:
- Inspired 622 girls from every corner of the Delaware Valley
- Delivered 36 concurrent career exploration sessions with 82 speakers
- Hosted 176 parents & educators – involved adults are one of the keys to a child’s success
- Encouraged girls to explore 56 STEM activities during the GETT Expo, launched in 2015
- Recruited 134 volunteers to assist in the day’s logistics and activities
GETT began in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 2001 as a response to the under-representation of young women in the computer and information technology fields. Since that time, GETT has expanded its geographical footprint to include students from all around Southeastern Pennsylvania and now showcases the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
GETT is an initiative of the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG), a program under the Chester County Economic Development Council, and is driven by the volunteer efforts of numerous public, private and educational organizations, along with public and private investments.