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Summer Manufacturing Camp Draws Girls to Industry
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM.

nbt-logo_4color.jpgDid you know that only about a quarter of the 11.7 million workers in manufacturing are women? These are the latest stats according to an August 19 article in The New York Times. But GADgET Camp (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering & Technology), a week-long summer workshop for teenage girls sponsored by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is working to change that.


The NYT article titled, “At This Girls’ Camp, Crafts Will Require a Drill Press,” highlights the efforts of industry groups such as FMA to introduce young people, particularly girls, to technical and scientific-related career opportunities and help alleviate the skilled labor shortage in manufacturing. At GADgET Camp, girls learn practical tips on using hands-on tools such as a band saw or a drill press, tour materials testing labs and participate in various team building and problem-solving activities.


Read the full article on the NYT website, here.


“This is a positive story about the problem our industry faces and one solution to the issue,” said Pat Lee, public relations director for the FMA. “We have millions of people to reach and every step we take is one step closer to our goal of eliminating a future skilled worker shortage in manufacturing.”


NBT also issues scholarships to students attending community colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. More information on NBT is available by visiting

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