SPARTA, NJ - Gihan Oraby attended Sparta High School before the winter break, to give a lecture about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, known as STEM, in her workplace. Oraby is the Department Chief of Sciences at Picatinny Arsenal.
She focused on all the types of engineers and backgrounds that go into successful product development. Oraby expressed that in her position, she sees “so many types of minds sit at one table… all working towards one end product.”
Cullen Walsh, a Sparta High School student who attended the lecture said, “This program expanded my view of all the possibilities of a STEM major.”
The presentation also featured a hands-on display of certain products that Oraby and her team have developed. She also ran a hands on workshop for students to display and grow their own critical thinking abilities.
Oraby spoke about the difficulties that she faced due to discrimination, being both a woman and middle-eastern engineer.
Kelly Nam, another student at Sparta High commented, “Her presentation opened my eyes to the possibilities in the engineering field, especially as a woman.”
The presentation concluded with a short video reiterating the importance of engineering. Oraby also came bearing gifts; a souvenir pin for all who listened.
Sparta High School is anticipating the opening of a STEM Academy beginning next year.