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WPI's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Encourages Young Interest in Engineering and Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/January 30, 2006
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5609

What

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is committed to increasing the number of women in the fields of science and engineering. Each year, the university dedicates a number of programs to area high school girls and their parents, including this week's popular Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day -- a fun and interactive introduction to engineering and related fields.

The afternoon program will include activities that are both educational and enlightening:

  • Meeting a Mentor -- WPI female engineering students and female professionals will highlight areas of interest in the study and practice of engineering.
  • Laboratory Tours -- Participants will get a firsthand peek into WPI's fire protection engineering and life sciences labs.
  • Demonstrations -- WPI's robust robotics program will be displayed, and girls will get a chance to see the Segway® Human Transporter, which was invented by former WPI student Dean Kamen.
  • Engineering Design Challenge -- the girls will engage in hands-on experience by working in teams as they tackle a fun and challenging engineering design problem. This year's challenge involves designing bridges out of common materials to see which will be the strongest.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is one of the many programs WPI has created to encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in engineering. Other school year activities include the Women's Industry Network mentoring program for female WPI undergraduates. During the summer, WPI offers a schedule of nationally recognized summer camps, Camp Reach and WUNDERS, specifically designed to help girls explore the exciting fields of engineering and science.

Who

High school girls from around MetroWest and central Massachusetts will attend this year's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of the nation's first engineering and technological universities. Its 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts.

When

Friday, February 3, 2006
3 to 6:30 p.m.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Campus Center, Odeum (top level)
Worcester, Mass.

More Info

For more information about Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and other WPI youth programs, visit the Women's Programs Web site.