High school girls hone skills in engineering event

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Thirty high school girls in our area showed their "can-do" spirit while putting their engineering skills to the test Wednesday.

They were hand-picked to participate in the "iCan! Girls in Engineering" event at Gulf Coast State College.

While Bay District Schools students had Wednesday off for a Teacher Planning Day, these students spent the time off learning about the spectrum of engineering professions.

"Understanding all the aspects and the different perspectives and all of the great opportunities there are in the engineering field is really our goal for today," said Shelley Scarborough, Eastern District Operations Manager for Gulf Power.

The lessons included making circuits, bath bombs, and even designing shoes.

"So, it just continues to show that these students, I mean, they're really focused on their education, they're working hard and they're really trying to figure out what they want to do when they graduate high school. We have from 9th graders to 12th graders here and so now is the perfect time for them to learn," said Katie McCurdy, the STEM Administrator for GCSC and Bay District Schools.

The event was a partnership between Gulf Power, Bay District Schools, and Gulf Coast State College

The “Girls’ Night” for middle school engineers will be February 21st.