Oak Park Filmmaker to Screen Documentary about Triton College Girls

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Triton College’s GADgET program (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology) has been shaping the way young girls perceive the world of engineering for the last four years. The summer program that is just for girls ages 12 to 16 has introduced them to education and career possibilities in what is thought of as a male-dominated field. Each year, a group of about 20 girls have toured manufacturing facilities, met female role models working and/or studying in the field and received the opportunity to learn to work with various donated materials and tools to construct their own “gadget” – all with the goal of empowering and encouraging their interests in the field. It’s this basis that intrigued Oak Park filmmaker Risé Sanders-Weir to create a documentary about the girls’ experience. Sanders-Weir filmed the group of girls from the 2013 class. After two years of editing, she is screening her production with a special showing on Thursday, Dec. 10th at the Industrial Careers Building, T Building, room T-162, at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL. For more information, visit www.triton.edu or www.bivouacfilms.com.

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