Marquette Offers New Inexpensive Classes for Girls (Gr. 1-8) Interested in Math, Science, or Engineering
I'm on the Marquette University Engineering Department mailing list. One of their emails recently caught my attention. It's an engineering class specifically for girls. I don't have any daughters. However, if I did, I would certainly encourage them to take this class.
There are too many myths out there that discourage girls from going into the fields of math and science. (Engineering is a "man's profession". Science is "unfeminine" or "nerdy".) These myths are wrong.
Hopefully, with time and continuous encouragement from parents and schools toward girls interested in math and science, these myths will finally go away.
I highly recommend the K-12 courses at Marquette. And the price for this class - $50 - is extremely reasonable for an all week 3 hour per day class.
iHeels: Introducing Hands-On Engineering Experiences with Ladies of STEM (Entering Grades 1-4)
Almost everything in our world has been touched in one way or another by engineering. The iHeels program is just for girls and will give YOU a chance to discover what engineers do. This program designed for girls in elementary school, will provide a general introduction to engineering. The girls will work on projects that involve different types of engineering disciplines. We will discuss problems with technology and develop an understanding of how engineers are involved in fixing these problems. We will play problem solving games and work on projects that will lead the girls through the engineering design process. The program places an emphasis on team building so the girls will leave with a new understanding that there is more to engineering than just math and science. Thanks to the underwriting of the Noyce Scholar Program, we are able to offer this program to students for just $50.
June 16-20 (M-F)
iHeels: Introducing Hands-On Engineering Experiences with Ladies of STEM (Entering Grades 5-8)
Almost everything in our world has been touched in one way or another by engineering. The iHeels program is just for girls and will give YOU a chance to discover what engineers do. There are many career opportunities for women engineers; career paths you probably never even thought of! After participating in this program for middle school students, you will understand simple differences between several disciplines of engineering: mechanical, civil, electrical, computer, environmental, biomedical. Hands-on activities focus on teamwork, design validation, and developing communication skills all while exploring aspects of various engineering disciplines. Thanks to the underwriting of the Noyce Scholar Program, we are able to offer this program to students for just $50.
June 25-29 (M-F)
For more details about these classes, go to the Marquette Engineering Department web site.