Nearly 30 middle school girls from Pueblo del Sol Elementary in Phoenix got the chance meet with female leaders from Amazon to see first-hand how technology comes to life with a behind-the-scenes tour of an Amazon Fulfillment center.
The seventh and eighth grade students are part of the TECHNOLOchicas program, an initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Televisa Foundation designed to inspire young Latinas to pursue careers in technology. Pueblo del Sol is just one of four schools in Phoenix to offer the TECHNOLOchicas program.
During their visit, students toured the 1.2 million square foot fulfillment center and had the opportunity to talk with female leaders about the important role women play in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Amazon area manager Serena Deshpande, who holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, encouraged the girls to keep pursuing their interest in STEM.
“There are wonderful women sitting around you,” Deshpande told the students. “Build relationships with them and create connections to be successful. Use your female empowerment as an advantage to bring different and important perspectives to the table.”
That message resonated with Luisa Ramos, 13, who said the TECHNOLOchicas program allows her to pursue her interest in mechanical engineering in an encouraging and respectful environment.
“Even though everything is based on technology and coding, we still have the opportunity to have friendships and become close while learning.” Ramos said. “It’s really cool that Amazon is inclusive of everyone.”
Amazon’s free public tours highlight the innovation, technology and customer obsession of the employees that help Amazon to pick, pack and ship millions of customer orders around the globe. To book a free tour of Amazon’s Phoenix fulfillment center, visit www.amazon.com/fctours.