Hear what past attendees have to say about IGED
Article written by: Clara Hunt and Ellie Martin, 2023 attendees
It was a wonderful event to attend in order to learn more about engineering, and hear from other women mentors. There were lots of activities that they planned for us, many activities and the lessons they taught us and we wanted to share with other girls who did not have the same opportunity.
What advice would you give attendees?
A good opportunity that was available at Introduce a Girl to Stem Day was the Industry and College fair. This gave us a chance to learn more about colleges and ask questions to these college students. Not only that, but we were able to pick up lots of pamphlets from colleges like University of Missouri, Missouri State University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. We were able to learn lots about not only what these colleges provided, but what they were like from people that went to that college. One common piece of advice that was given from almost all the experts from these colleges was to ¨schedule a visit,¨ to make sure that you like the college.
One of the most important parts of engineering is not the final product but how you are able to get there. We were led more in depth of this process by creating a catapult collaborating with mentors and other students at our tables. Through a set of criteria and constraints we were able to design, buy, build and test our catapult all within 25 minutes. Every group had access to the same materials, however the amount of each object and which ones people chose to leave out created hundreds of designs throughout the groups. When testing the final products every group had access to three different projectiles which affected their abilities in accuracy and precision.