HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) — Michigan Technological University wants more girls to become engineers. So they held a Girls Engineering and Exploration Day Feb. 25. Girls and their parents were invited to learn about careers in engineering and try real engineering challenges.
This event was sponsored by the Michigan Tech College of Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter, Tau Beta Pi student chapter, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and the Great Lakes Research Center.
Middle school girls from across the western Upper Peninsula will get a taste of the excitement of science and engineering during Michigan Tech’s annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) workshop on Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2017). This year’s event will be held in the Wood Gym in Tech’s Student Development Complex.
The students will participate in hands-on activities, solve problems and meet with college-age role models. This year’s projects include a wood anatomy activity, designing and creating a pinball machine and participating in an epidemic simulation.
These girls are incredibly smart, and we want to give them the opportunity to explore their options. —Lauren Kirwin
Get WISE is hosted by the CPCO office in partnership with the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Sciences, Mathematics and Environmental Education.
Middle school girls were shown how they can pursue an education in the STEM fields on the campus of Michigan Tech. 260 7th and 8th graders from 14 schools came out for Get WISE-Women in Science and Engineering.
The students learned about pathogens, wood anatomy and mechanical engineering. The activities, like building a pinball machine from common materials, show these girls how rewarding science and engineering can be.
The 260 girls from 14 schools started by making a model of a wood cell and looking at types of wood. They also made pinball machines with materials such as Dixie cups and popsicle sticks. After lunch they simulated an epidemic, learning about pathogens and laboratory science.
“Coming in as an engineer, math and science is just something that I knew that I loved,” said Madison Olmstead, a fourth-year civil engineering major.
HOUGHTON — The first anniversary of cardboard recycling in Houghton County was a great success, according to Joan Chadde, director of the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education (WUPC).
Hancock middle school students dig through 182 pounds of trash
“Eighth graders decided that they wanted to get help out with this project, go through last night’s garbage and see what kind of products we could put in the recyclables to try to better educate ourselves,” said eighth grade science teacher, Jen Davis.
The event was sponsored by Copper Country Recycling Initiative, Portage Lake District Library, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Keweenaw Coop, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.