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Biology Student Serves as Assistant Instructor for Girls’ STEM Program

October 2017

Jaylinn CallowayJaylinn Calloway, C’2018, was selected to work as an assistant instructor for The Girls in Engineering Academy in Detroit over the summer.

Thirty-five fifth-grade girls participated in GEA’s inaugural program, which aimed to increase their interest in engineering studies and careers and decrease the gender gap in the STEM fields. Calloway, a biology major, was one of two women college students serving as assistant instructors. They took the girls on field trips and engaged them in activities such as using physics to build roller coasters and water bottle rockets, a NASA-related project.

“It was a great opportunity for me to play a unique role in showing girls they can choose a STEM major and succeed in a STEM field,” said Calloway.

She will return to Detroit and teach at the academy during Spelman’s winter break.

GEA is a collaborative project of The Engineering Society of Detroit and the Detroit Public School Community District.