HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) -- Michigan Technological University wants more girls to become engineers. So they held a Girls Engineering and Exploration Day Feb. 25.
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.
To start the day, speakers shared their stories of majoring and working in engineering. Organizers said it was especially important to expose girls to engineering because they have traditionally been underrepresented in the field.
"And that is why we have Michigan Tech. women engineering students as our presenters and role models," said Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. "They're just circulating today, sitting with the girls. So they can say, 'Hey, there's somebody like me and not only are they like me, they love what they're doing.'"
The girls tried activities involving biomedical, chemical and transportation engineering. They ended the day by making "concrete aggregate" ice cream.