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Suffolk Hosts Girl Scouts for Day of Learning

The Girl Scouts designed and built structures that could support the weight of at least one book, using only popsicle sticks and clothespins.

Boston – Suffolk recently hosted 22 Girl Scouts from Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, Mass. for a day of learning about the world of construction and the importance of female representation in the industry.

The Girl Scouts tested Suffolk’s VR headsets that allow Suffolk teams and clients to visualize and review projects digitally using Suffolk’s 3D assets.

The visit was part of Suffolk’s Rebuild the Ratio Partnership with Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Rebuild the Ratio is an initiative launched last year with a pledge by Suffolk to increase the percentage of women employed by the company by 10 percentage points over 10 years, an increase that would provide more jobs for women and boost the percentage of women employees to nearly 40%.

The event included an introduction to Suffolk and its projects, a tour of Suffolk’s Boston headquarters, a question-and-answer session with Suffolk’s female leaders, CoLab and STEM activities, and a jobsite tour of Suffolk’s Northeastern University EXP project. The project is led by a female project executive and the project team is nearly 50% female. According to the firm’s representatives, the goal of the day was to show the girls, all in grades six through eight, that they are capable, valued, and important to the future of the construction industry.

Through a 10-year partnership with Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Suffolk is contributing to the development of a Construction 101 curriculum, customized for girls 5-17 years of age and designed to bring STEM career exploration to thousands of girls across the country. Suffolk and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts pledge to bring 10% of all Girl Scouts in eastern Massachusetts through the curriculum during the next 10 years.