Monday, November 2, 2015

Where High School Girls Discover Engineering

Here’s my latest HuffPost blog post: Where High School Girls Discover Engineering. Enjoy!

In today's blog post, I'm spotlighting one such employer-sponsored initiative,
Explore Engineering for High School Women, offered by Sweet Briar College. Hank Yochum, Ph.D., professor and director of the Margaret Jones Wyllie '45 Engineering Program at Sweet Briar, heads up the program.

Now in its eighth year, the all-girls Explore Engineering program has introduced more than 300 high school students to the world of engineering. Attendees participate in hands-on, team-based design projects in an environment where previous engineering experience is not required. 

The program is offered during the school year as a weekend event twice annually in addition to a residential, weeklong summer camp. I included the summer camp version in a previous blog post, All-Girls STEM Camps to Keep in Mind for Next Summer.

The summer camp is always popular, and the weekend event held this year on October 16th and 17th was filled to capacity with a waiting list. In attendance were 28 high school girls from Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; North Carolina and Texas as they enjoyed the 3,250-acre campus and engineering facilities/classrooms located in Sweet Briar, VA. Below are photos from the October event.

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Photo Credit: Sweet Briar College/Paulette Porter-Stransky

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