Today, 26 girls from Butler Middle School in Waukesha, Wis., began an energetic week exploring the fun of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on projects and interacting with women in STEM careers. GE Healthcare Women’s Network and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) sponsor the learning and mentoring program, GE Girls at MSOE.
Now in its second year, the program features new applied activities such as learning about electrocardiography monitoring and neonatal technologies, and measuring blood pressure using GE Healthcare equipment in MSOE’s new Ruehlow Nursing Complex. In 2008, GE Healthcare donated medical equipment totaling $75,000 to MSOE and most of the equipment is still used by nursing students today.
“We’re pleased to be hosting our second year of GE Girls at MSOE,” said Dee Mellor, Vice President and Chief Quality Office at GE Healthcare. “It’s so satisfying to see the girls engage with the program during the week. We’re committed to make a difference and inspire young girls to explore and embrace the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Maybe they’ll even come to work at GE Healthcare someday.”
Students will be bused daily to MSOE where they will gain instruction from MSOE faculty and Waukesha Schools District teachers. The exclusive GE Healthcare curriculum includes daily activities focusing on medical technologies, physiology and biomedical engineering. Girls will have the opportunity to experiment with ultrasound and x-ray technology, use medical devices to measure their own metabolic function, and travel to Pettit National Ice Center where they will learn about friction, acceleration and the different properties of ice. Last year’s GE Girls at MSOE participants will also return for a combined Lean exercise.
Interested sixth- and seventh-graders applied this spring, and Waukesha Public School faculty selected participants. GE worked with MSOE to develop curriculum and exercises.
“We had great success last year and we are building on this momentum with new and exciting projects this year,” said Olga Imas, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at MSOE. “Through this program, we’re able to reach girls before they hit the age when many start losing interest in math and science, and nurture a lasting curiosity that will benefit them in the future.”
GE Healthcare has a long history of supporting education in the Milwaukee area through several GE Volunteer efforts including collaboration with six different Milwaukee Public Schools, Community Service Day and many mentoring efforts. In 2012, more than 4,000 GE Volunteers in Milwaukee served for more than 36,000 hours. GE Girls at MSOE is another way GE Healthcare is investing in the greater Milwaukee community. There are six GE Girls programs being held across the United States this summer.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.