PM SW participates in annual Picatinny STEM event

Regina Stonitsch talks with students about the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.

Regina Stonitsch talks with students about the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.

Seven Soldier Weapons employees helped make Picatinny Arsenal’s fourth annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” night Feb. 25 an informative and educational event for the more than 90 high school females who attended.

The PM SW team—Michael Babler, Cheryl Bielamowicz, Tara Kinnaman, Lila Mathews, Barbara Muldowney, Victor Ramon, and Regina Stonitsch—spent three hours of their personal time explaining to attendees how STEM plays a critical role in developing, producing, operating and maintaining small arms weapons. They also discussed the rewards and challenges of a STEM career with the Army.

A student learns about the M4 Carbine from Barbara Muldowney.

A student learns about the M4 Carbine from Barbara Muldowney.

During the event, the team highlighted many small arms products they personally work on.

PM SW’s team was one of a number of Picatinny-based groups that took part in the yearly program for female students.

Stonitsch called the event a chance “for the girls to interact with different fields of engineering application.”

“It was a great opportunity to show girls how science, technology, math and ‎engineering works in real world situations and how they (STEM) apply in Army applications and products,” she said.

“The best part of this event besides meeting interesting and curious high school girls was reading in the newspaper (the next day) that at least one girl would like to be an engineer and work with U.S. Army weapons, specifically with sniper weapons systems.”

The attendees represented 30 northwestern New Jersey private and public schools, and school districts.

Tara Kinnaman tells students about the M26 12-Gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System.

Tara Kinnaman tells students about the M26 12-Gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System.

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