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IGED 2017 was held on Friday March 3. Approximately 270 high school girls attended along with ~90 professional female mentors. The girls were each matched with a mentor throughout the day, as they learned more about engineering. The day started off with an engineering discipline fair and industry fair. Then, they used their ingenuity and teamwork skills to build a free-standing “gumdrop structure” with various household supplies (ie popsicle sticks, toothpicks, straws, index cards, etc). The girls tested their structures with sandbags as weights. The winning team’s structure amazingly held 36 sand bags – that’s ~18 pounds! After lunch, the girls heard from keynote speaker, Tara Ruttley, PhD. Ms. Ruttley works for NASA, and had some incredible stories about her experiences as a rocket scientist. Her talk was a highlight of the day! To close out the event, the girls heard from our college panelists, and were able to ask any questions about going to college and majoring in engineering. Overall, it was a great day and we hopefully inspired several young women to pursue a career in engineering. Thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who made this event possible!
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By Alyssa Zimmerman
On Friday, November 11, the Society of Women Engineers hosted the first annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Jr. (IGED Jr.) at University of Missouri-Kansas City's Pierson Auditorium. IGED Jr. is an all-day event for 6th through 8th grade girls to receive an introduction to engineering through hands-on activities, a keynote speaker and industry professionals. Once the students arrived at UMKC, they participated in "Minute to Win It" icebreaker activities and paired up with their assigned industry professional and a student from another district. The students were given an overview of different types of engineering before diving into the first hands on activity, Slime! While making Slime, the students learned about the properties of Non-Newtonian fluids. Valerie McCaw, President of VSM Engineering, presented the students with her story of becoming an engineer and the challenges she met along the way. The afternoon was filled with a bridge building competition. The students were challenged with building a bridge with a limited amount of supplies that could hold 4 engineering textbooks. The winners built a bridge that could hold 11 engineering textbooks!! We had 79 students, 41 mentors and 12 volunteers present for the event.
In June, the SWE-KC outreach committee coordinated a new event called “Girls in Gear” at the Gregg/Klice Community Center. This event focused on partnering with the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department to spark an interest in STEM topics for girls enrolled in their summer camp.
After Kristin Murray provided an introduction to the various engineering fields, the SWE-KC volunteers led girls aged 5 – 13 in hands-on activities. The girls were split into two age groups, with the older girls participating in teams to build and race their own balloon airplanes. The younger girls had the opportunity to learn about a variety of engineering fields through making silly putty, building with Goldie Blox, and participating in a demonstration on electricity.
Each girl left with a brightly colored “Girls in Gear” bracelet to remind her of the event. Thanks to the nine volunteers representing SWE-KC and Honeywell FM&T who made this first event a success!
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