Penfield Central School District

PHS Technology Course Allows Girls to Shine

For Penfield High School technology teacher Eric Brewer, getting more females interested in technology has been a longtime passion. Mr. Brewer says that the lack of females and minorities pursuing the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields is a constant topic of discussion at workshops and conferences across the country.

With that in mind, Mr. Brewer began pursuing the idea of offering a single gender technology course at Penfield High School a couple of years ago. In the fall of 2013, that idea became a reality. For the first time, Mr. Brewer is teaching an all-female section of the Design and Drawing for Production course. Students may take this course as an elective or as part of the Project Lead the Way five-course technology sequence.

Mr. Brewer said the all-female class eliminates that social stigma and allows the girls to open up much more quickly. “You can just tell they feel more comfortable and are more engaged in learning,” he said.

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