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GE summer program directs girls toward fields traditionally dominated by males

Schenectady eighth-graders Haley Bonitatibus, left, and Samantha Mayo, right, get some help from GE Renewable Energy Development Program employee Myra Wong during a wind turbine workshop at GE's Global Renewable Energy headquarters on the Schenectady campus Thursday.
Schenectady eighth-graders Haley Bonitatibus, left, and Samantha Mayo, right, get some help from GE Renewable Energy Development Program employee Myra Wong during a wind turbine workshop at GE's Global Renewable Energy headquarters on the Schenectady campus Thursday.
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Paige Anderson, 13, huddled around a desktop fan with a group of girls and anxiously waited to see if the wind turbine blades they designed and built out of cardboard would successfully rotate. When a General Electric volunteer turned on the fan, Anderson beamed — it worked. “I never really thought I was into science and engineering,” she said. “I wasn’t as into it as I am now. In science, we do a lot of ...

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