WPI to Hold STEM Activities for Elementary School Students During February Vacation
Girls and boys will be exposed to hands-on engineering activities
Coinciding with National Engineers Week, third, fourth, and fifth grade students from local schools will be “heading to college” at WPI during February vacation for Engineers on the Go (for girls and boys) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering, the university’s Pre-Collegiate Outreach events.
WPI students, including members of the Engineering Ambassadors Organization, the Rocketry Club, and the biomedical engineering graduate (BME) program, are donating their time to run these free, half-day programs.
During both events, the grammar school students will move through various stations to learn and create something related to STEM. Some of this year’s stations:
- Powering Matchbox Cars, presented by WPI Engineering Ambassadors
- Scribble Bots, presented by WPI Engineering Ambassadors
- Rocket Payload Landing, presented by WPI's University Student Launch Initiative
- Drug Delivery, presented by WPI Graduate BME Club
Engineers on the Go
Monday, Feb. 17
8:30 a.m. – noon
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
Tuesday, Feb. 18
8:30 – noon
WPI Rubin Campus Center, Worcester, Mass.
WPI is committed to community outreach and engaging students of all ages with STEM. The university’s pre-collegiate programs have helped students explore STEM fields while honing their leadership and collaborative skills, building confidence, and encouraging friendships—all with the common goal of helping students pursue their passions and position themselves for future successes. This week’s programs are sponsored in part by WPI’s Pre-Collegiate Outreach programs and through a donation to WPI’s Engineering Ambassador Organization. WPI was also gifted with 150 Matchbox cars through the No Limits campaign, which is being run by Mercedes-Benz USA and Mattel to diminish the stereotype that girls are not as interested in STEM as boys are.
Jessica Messier, Public Relations Specialist
Worcester Polytechnic Institute