Neenah, Wis.—On Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services for Miron Construction Co., Inc., will join fellow women in the industry to present at the G.E.M.S. workshop in Fond du Lac, Wis. G.E.M.S. (Girls Engineering Math Science) is a group for girls in grades 6-8 who express an interest in engineering, math or science and would benefit from interacting with female role models in these industries.
“I’m very excited to be part of introducing the girls to the world of design and construction in a fun way,” said Lehman. “Science and math are tough subjects to learn, however when they can be applied to real-world challenges, like those we encounter daily in the design and construction industry, they are so much easier to learn and understand. While construction is a characteristically male-dominated industry, it’s important to encourage the girls to follow their passion and achieve their dreams. I am really excited to have the opportunity to co-present with two of the best women in their field, who have been amazing partners on tough projects. While it’s important to demonstrate the applicability of science and math, it’s equally important that the girls understand that teamwork and communication are also key to the success of any project. The G.E.M.S. workshop gives us the opportunity to motivate, encourage and inspire girls to follow their dreams and work together to apply math and science in a fun, interactive way.”
Lehman will be co-presenting with Teresa Wadzinski from Eppstein Uhen Architects and Laura Gilbert from Muermann Engineering, LLC. Their workshop, “Little Pig, Little Pig, Let Me In!” will test the girls to design and build a house for a pig. Scenarios will be given for a pig that lives somewhere in the United States, and the girls will be tasked with designing, building and testing a house with everyday household items. Awards will be given for the best aesthetics, functionality, ingenuity, stability and more.
This year’s conference will be held on the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac campus and runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsors include Agnesian HealthCare, Moraine Park Technical College, University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac, UW-Extension Continuing Education and Marian University.