Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop
Studies show that girls who were once excited about STEM lose that passion around middle school due to lack of encouragement and representation in the field. We want to change that.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach are hoping to inspire the next generation of women engineers through immersive and interactive modules that highlight various disciplines in engineering, including aerospace, civil, chemical and mechanical. This all-expenses-paid event allows 300 girls between 3rd and 5th grade to ask questions and meet young women who are pursuing their dreams as engineers.
IGEW will be held on February 8th, 2020 in the Student Union and the College of Arts & Science. Attendees will be guided through each experiment by three volunteers in the following modules: the Leaning Tower of Pasta, Marble Rollercoasters, Kinetic Sand, Cargo Airplanes and Bouncy Balls. During this time, they learn science and engineering concepts, teamwork and ask questions. By the end of the day, attendees have gained the knowledge that they can pursue any career they desire.
IGEW began several years ago, with just 67 girls attending. Last year, we were fortunate to work with 232 girls. We are aiming to reach out to 350 girls this year, and will be advertising this event across Volusia County. For each attendee, we provide lunch, an IGEW t-shirt, and a goodie bag. The goodie bag includes a pamphlet with games connected to the modules completed, a pamphlet that highlights 5 pioneering women in STEM, a pamphlet highlighting sponsors of our event, and magnets with detailed instructions of experiments to try at home, along with other little gifts. We have not, nor do we plan to ask for an admission fee. We believe that this opportunity should be open to all students throughout Volusia County, no matter the family income. Often times, students are not able to attend events like IGEW simply because of an admission cost.
Our volunteers, which include of SWE collegiate members, understand what it is like as a woman in STEM. Females take up 22.7% of Embry-Riddle's undergraduate class. The reason is not simply “women are not interested in STEM careers." As aspiring engineers, our goal is to share our love and passion for STEM, and be a living, breathing and tangible example that women can pursue STEM fields and excel. Volunteers have participated in this event for multiple years, believing that they could be the role models that they wish they had growing up.
Through this event, our organization is helping to change the environment in STEM. By creating a warm, inclusive, welcoming community for collegiate members and for the next generation of engineers. By sharing our passions for STEM, we believe we are able to serve as an example for these young girls that anything is possible, no matter their gender.
To learn more about our event, visit our website: https://igew.webnode.com/