Tesla Held STEM Workshops for Young Female Students

By: Lauren Mineau

Automotive and energy company Tesla is hoping that a behind-the-scenes look of their operations will spark the interest of young women to pursue a career in STEM.

As part of the recent Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Feb. 21, Tesla held daylong events at their southern Nevada retail center and Fremont, California, assembly plant.

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In Nevada, 20 middle school girls were given a tour of the maintenance area of the retail center, followed by a hands-on segment where the students learned how to build a simple motor. This portion of the program was part of the Clark County School District (CCSD) Girls in Tech initiative, which encourages girls to be more interested in STEM fields.

Snehal Bhakta, CCSD career and technical education lead, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the goal is to get young female students interested in engineering and technology careers available in Nevada,

In California, Hopkins Junior High School students participated in an event that was a joint effort by Tesla and Envirolution, a nonprofit that hopes to drive the next generation of leaders with a focus on a sustainable economy. This event also provided the girls with hands-on engineering activities.

Tesla hosted about 200 student visitors so far this year across many West Coast sites.

"With females making up only a fraction of the engineering workforce in the U.S., Tesla is committed to increasing female students' exposure to manufacturing and engineering," Tesla said in a statement.

This initiative is part of Tesla’s investment in education, which will deliver $37.5 million into K-12 education over five years.