The Penn Compact in Action


Middle school-aged girls interested in science, math and engineering enjoy a special kind of summer fun through the Penn GEMS program.

Penn GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science), operated by Penn Engineering's Advancing Women in Engineering program, is a weeklong program designed to inspire young women entering seventh, eighth and ninth grade to pursue careers in the field by giving them a chance to try hands-on activities in bioengineering, nanotechnology, materials science, graphics and computing.

Over the course of the week, campers learn how engineering is part of their everyday lives. Students discover how cells travel throughout the body and how engineers are creating body cells to fight disease. They try their hand at designing their own structure or vehicle in "Mechanical Engineering in Action," and learn the basic electro-mechanical principles behind robotics technology. Middle schoolers even learn, from an engineer's perspective, what it takes to keep the earth clean and healthy for the future.

Students make connections with role models and mentors who help them visualize themselves as engineers. Women make up approximately 30 percent of the Penn Engineering incoming class each year.

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The Penn Compact

The Penn Compact embodies Penn's vision for making our University both a global leader in teaching, research, and professional practice, as well as a dynamic agent of social, economic, and civic progress.

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