By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – University of Pennsylvania’s Society of Women Engineer’s hosted a workshop called Girls in Engineering and Related Sciences or GEAR’S. It’s an effort to excite young women about a future in engineering

More than 80 girls from 9th-12 grade gathered at the University of Pennsylvania to participate in the day-long program.

Hilary Grosskopf is the Co-chair of University of Pennsylvania’s Society of Women Engineer’s.

“They get to experience four different workshops in different field of engineering.”

The workshops include a bridge design competition, a glimpse into genetic engineering, a biopharmaceutical manufacturing workshop, and computer design program course.

The young women say this program is making them look at engineering in a whole new light.

“Before I came in I really didn’t know anything about computers. But I learned how to use part of a computer program which was really cool, I didn’t know I could do that.”

The students participating in the program received insight and advice into the engineering field by experts who work at Boeing, MWH Global and other companies on the engineering forefront.

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