Middle school girls learn about transportation jobs

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-22 17:52:24-04

By Alexandria Autrey

SALT LAKE CITY – The Northern Utah Chapter of Women’s Transportation met with almost 50 middle school girls Wednesday to encourage them to study science, technology, engineering, and math, which are also known as STEM subjects.

Students from the Northwest Middle School and Salt Lake Center for Science Education were able to learn about the planning, funding, designing and engineering of the new Sugar House street car line.

Tracy Harty, Northern Utah Chapter of Women’s Transportation president, said preparation should begin before high school.

“Think about the classes you’re taking in high school,” she said. “Look at all of these women who have successful careers, and they took science and they took math. They’re really good at their jobs, and they’re moms, and they’re married or single or whatever, but we want to show them that they can do it.”

The students were also able to get hands on experience.

They wore hard hats, safety vest and glasses when they studied the new construction site while also learning about construction safety.