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Teens learn electrical engineering basics

Updated: December 12, 2012 6:04AM



The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park recently hosted a workshop for teenagers that covered the basics of electrical engineering and included guests from DeVry University’s Tinley Park campus.

“It was very hands-on,” said Jennifer Jones, program associate at the Bridge Teen Center. “It was great because it can be difficult to find hands-on activities for the young men, whereas the girls enjoy cooking and scrapbooking.”

Teens explored the basics to engineering, learned how their iPods are wired and even built FM radios.

Rachael Gaul, community outreach representative from DeVry, assisted students as they built and tuned in their favorite FM stations.

“We do a lot of community workshops that involve S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math),” Gaul said. “These are where the jobs are. We just need to unmystify what it means to be an engineer and show students that math and science can be fun.”

The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, is a nonprofit venue that provides free after-school programs for teens.

Staff reports



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