TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama section of the Society of Women Engineers, or SWE, will host about 200 middle-school girls at the 2016 “Wow! That’s Engineering” event Oct. 8.
This year’s event is themed around space exploration and its effects on daily life. Titled “Across the Galax-SWE,” girls will participate in activities designed to develop students’ confidence in academic subjects and introduce them to engineering design concepts.
Activities will begin with registration at 9 a.m. in H.M. Comer Hall and include rocket bottles, circuits, comet, emergency shelter, Mars rover and a shake table. The event concludes at 3:30 p.m.
Along with hands-on activities, students can talk with women studying or practicing engineering and learn about career opportunities in engineering.
“Middle school is the time when students begin choosing the path that they will take through high school, and studies done with girls and engineering show that if you wait until high school, many of the girls have already opted out of the track that they would need to prepare for engineering – heavy math and science,” said Dr. Beth Todd, associate professor of mechanical engineering and adviser to UA SWE.
The event is open to girls in the fifth through eighth grades, along with their parents and teachers. The adults are invited to participate in a separate parent/educator program.
This event was made possible by a Program Development Grant with the Society of Women Engineers through a generous donation from the ExxonMobil Foundation.
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.