Saturday, September 8, 2018

GM Helps to Foster the Future of Women in Engineering

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- General Motors engineer Keysha Camps is helping to build the future of women in engineering by teaching a group of twenty high school girls in Detroit the skills they need to succeed. The Mercy Midnight Storm (after the Mercy Education Project from which they hail) is the all-girl robotics team headed up by Camps, who she says are the future of autonomous vehicle technology.

The Mercy Midnight Storm is first all-girl robotics team out of Detroit to be part of FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and competes against other Michigan high schools in various competitions. An initiative for youth around the world, FIRST strives to drive interest and education in the fields of science and technology through accessible and innovative programs.

The mentorship of Camps to the girls on the team is extremely important, as women make up only 14% of American engineers and one-in-four bachelor's degrees in engineering are awarded to women. Camps aims to shatter this glass ceiling by being a positive female role model to girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and encouraging them to break down gender barriers in these predominately male fields.

Camps says that she initially decided to join the FIRST organization because she was inspired by the numerous non-profits operating in the city aimed at improving the lives of youth. Her efforts with the Mercy Midnight Storm reflects the example set by GM CEO Mary Barra, who herself holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering along with an MBA.

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