Meet Kamentha Pillay

Hello!  My name is Kamentha Pillay, and I will be the Sisters4Science STEM Facilitator at Spencer Technology Academy, leading girls in grades 5-8 in their exploration of STEM subjects.  I am a degreed electrical engineer, with over 13 years of experience in engineering design.  I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the girls.  It is a privilege to be able to introduce them to engineering and science, and I’m positive we will all learn from each other and learn what it is to be a part of a team!

Fall Plan for Girls at Spencer Technology Academy

My plan for the fall semester is to introduce the girls to different aspects in engineering.  I want to hear what their ideas are about what an engineer does, and then expose them to all of the major disciplines.  Each week we will learn about a new discipline (e.g., Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, and Civil/Structural Engineering), and participate in an activity geared towards that discipline.  We will have a few guest speakers, fellow women engineers, who will talk about their fields, and what they do on a day to day basis.  We also plan on going on a few fun field trips, and show the girls what engineering looks like in the real world!

Spring Plan for Girls at Spencer Technology Academy

Spring semester will have a slightly different objective.  After the new year, we will reconvene and review the various engineering disciplines, as well as come up with a problem we can solve within our school or community.  The girls will brainstorm ideas, we will conduct a feasibility study, and once a project has been decided, the girls will come up with a schedule, and will have to work with a budget.  They will work in teams to accomplish the end goal, and will present their project at the end of the semester to Project Exploration staff, parents, teachers, and friends.  This will allow them to experience engineering in a true sense – problem solving, working together, and keeping each other accountable to ensure a successful outcome.  We will, of course, celebrate the end of semester and all the hard work the girls have put forth!

My hope is to inspire these girls, show them that engineering, science, and math are not out of reach for them, and that it is fun!

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