OGDEN, Utah – Parent-Daughter Engineering Day will be held Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Weber State University’s Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning. The event is designed to spark the interest of 40 junior high school-age girls and get them thinking like engineers.
Organizers hope the day will inspire confidence in and nurture the girls’ engineering abilities by having them interact with successful female engineers, WSU faculty, staff and students.
The parents and daughters will participate in activities such as catapult building, a candy bar race and an operation game. Award-winning author and biomedical engineer Celeste Baine will give parents tips on how to encourage their daughters’ engineering curiosities.
“The talks and hands-on activities are not only fun, they also challenge students to problem solve,” said Rainie Ingram, program coordinator. “Most people don’t realize how enjoyable a career in engineering can be and all you can do in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.”
Baine graduated with her first degree in electronic engineering technology and worked as a microchip designer for 10 years. She then went back to school and earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in technical writing. She is the author of more than 20 engineering publications and is the director of the Engineering Education Service Center.
“My favorite moment is when I see the look on people’s faces as they realize they have engineered something,” Baine said. “When they take materials that are really colorful and common and have fun and build things, they gain confidence and want more experiences.”
The event is sponsored by the College of Applied Science & Technology. Registration costs $30 per team. Fees will cover a T-shirt, lunch and supplies. For more information and to register, visit weber.edu/engineeringday. Teams must sign up by Feb. 10.
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