WSU Promotes Path to Engineering for Girls
OGDEN, Utah – Hoping to inspire junior high school girls to embrace a career in engineering, Weber State University is hosting Parent-Daughter Engineering Day Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning.
“Women are underrepresented in many science and engineering occupations,” said Rainie Ingram, director of WSU’s Science, Technology, Engineering Programs (STEP). “Our focus is to get girls excited about engineering and technology through hands-on activities that get them thinking like engineers, while having fun.”
Forty parent-daughter teams will participate in team-building activities such as building a prosthetic hand, constructing a coin flipper and designing an electric yoyo.
Parent-Daughter Engineering Day is held in celebration of national Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23, and will include a parent session titled “Growing Your Own Engineer.” The presentation will focus on parents supporting their daughters’ interest in engineering.
The sixth-to-ninth-grade girls will also have the opportunity to work with successful female engineers as well as WSU’s Collegiate Society of Women Engineers.
“This outreach event is an intervention strategy for middle-school girls,” Ingram said. “The event encourages them to take the appropriate mathematics and science courses in high school to prepare them to enter mathematics, science and engineering programs in college.”
The event is sponsored by the College of Applied Science & Technology and Career and Technical Education at WSU through federal Carl D. Perkins grant funding and Westinghouse.