As part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s initiative to grow and inspire the young female leaders of tomorrow, 12 girls aged 14 to 18 recently visited Waukesha-based HUSCO International to learn more about mechanical engineering. The manufacturing company welcomed the group into its Learning Center, where experienced engineers discussed the importance of math and science skills in their jobs.
After being handed a pair of safety glasses, the Club members were led to a large patch of dirt with two excavator machines that featured parts custom-made by HUSCO. The girls took turns digging massive chunks of soil out of the machine testing grounds. At first they were laughing and jumping in their seats when the industrial shovel occasionally propped the excavator off its treads, but the giggles turned to determined concentration as the youth learned to swing and pivot the excavator’s enormous arm with ease.
We’re grateful to HUSCO International and its president and CEO Austin Ramirez for providing this opportunity and hosting our young women; the trip offered great insight into the opportunities available to our Club members as they enter college and the workforce! See a brief video of the girls operating the excavators above or on our YouTube channel.