Women in the Sciences and Engineering program enters ninth year

LEHMAN, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education is currently accepting registrations for its ninth Women in the Sciences and Engineering program (WISE) running July 25 through 27, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, with lunch provided daily.

The program is funded by Procter and Gamble’s "Live, Learn, and Thrive" grant. This year’s program is also funded in part by a donation from UGI Utilities, Inc., to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related programs. These funds allows students to attend for a nominal cost of $30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students will be asked to request a teacher’s recommendation by submitting the teacher’s name and work phone number on the registration form.

This three-day camp, titled "Digital Design: Integrating Technology and Art," will be taught under the leadership of Brandi Brace, a Penn State adjunct lecturer in the Game and English Departments. The program is open to 20 young women currently entering grades 6 through 8 in the fall and will be held on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus.

During this camp students will have the opportunity to create, texture and paint, import, and animate models for use in 3-D games, learn about women in the video games industry, and use the campus’s state-of-the-art 3-D printer. They will be familiarized with creation software such as Blender and Unity, and develop problem-solving skills through programming as well as create game worlds and discuss design and storytelling techniques.

The WISE program participants will hear from Penn State Wilkes-Barre Admissions Counselor Leslie Livingstone on how it’s never too early to think about post-high school plans. Additionally, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Career Services Coordinator, Maureen Ciliberto, will present on career guidance resources and how to explore career opportunities in the fields of science, engineering, math and technology.

For more information or to register, please contact Continuing Education at 570-675-9253 or email at [email protected].

About the WISE Institute

Created at Penn State in 1994, the WISE Institute represents an innovative approach to cross-disciplinary interaction among engineers, humanists, scientists, and social scientists to promote the representation and diversity of women in STEM fields. The primary mission of the Wise Institute is to facilitate the entry and success of women in STEM fields in an environment promoting gender equity by: coordinating efforts throughout Penn State; creating opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds to thrive in STEM fields; mentoring individuals; and promoting institutional and cultural change. Visit us online at http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/wise.

About Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education brings all the resources of a world-class, Big Ten, research-oriented university right into the northeast corner of Pennsylvania. It strives to be the partner of choice by providing superior customer service, recognizing that growth depends upon establishing and maintaining satisfied relationships. We serve individuals, companies, and organizations in Luzerne, Wyoming, Bradford and Sullivan counties offering quality programming to support the workforce development needs of companies and the professional and personal development needs of individuals.