January 11, 2017

Purdue program lets high school girls experience engineering

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program is giving early high school girls the chance to discover engineering with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

The one-day event for high school freshmen and sophomores runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on campus.

Students participate in three hour-long sessions of hands-on activities to learn about the various engineering disciplines. Participants also will meet and work with current Purdue engineering students.

Pre-registration is required and available online. Deadline for registration is Feb. 20 or when the program is full.

“Events, such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, lead young students to really look into what engineering is and how it’s so important,” said Sue Bayley, assistant director of the Women in Engineering Program. “They’ll then realize how they can use creativity to build something that could impact the world.”

An information session for parents on resources and opportunities for students will be held from 9:15-11 a.m.

In addition, families may join a free Imagination, Innovation, Discovery and Design (I2D2) session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Armstrong Hall atrium. It involves hands-on engineering activities for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Children attending must be supervised by a parent or guardian. 

The event is part of National Engineer’s Week. 

Writer: Brian L. Huchel, 765-494-2084, bhuchel@purdue.edu  

Source: Sue Bayley, 765-496-7442, sbayley@purdue.edu 

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