Contact:
Norine Meyer, 277-8402
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Students will engage in a variety of hands-on activities.

February 1, 2002

UNM plans Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering (SOE) and Women in Science & Engineering Program (WiSE) program is hosting the 2002 Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 to 4 p.m. in Regener Hall near Farris Engineering Center.

For the second year, 50 New Mexico middle school girls and girl scout troops will participate in the free event which will be facilitated by SOE women students. Participants will engage in team-building activities, observe engineering demos, learn about the physics of roller coasters and design projects that increase their awareness of engineering products and fields. Lunch will be provided.

The event is celebrated in conjunction with National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23) - founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951. National Engineers Week is designed to increase public awareness and appreciation of engineering.

Norine Meyer, coordinator of the event, said that women are underrepresented in the engineering profession.

“Research shows that girls and young women lose interest in subjects and the fields of study leading to engineering degrees long before they enter college,” she said. “Role modeling, collaborative learning and hands-on activities in girl-team environments help female students to make the leap forward into non-traditional career fields.”

UNM industry partners, The Boeing Company and Celanese Ltd., provide funding to support Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day and related events.

For more information contact Meyer in the Engineering Student Programs Office at 277-8402.

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