College of Engineering welcomes middle school girls to annual AWE summer workshopsMay 10, 2012
Rowan University invites middle school-aged girls in sixth and seventh grades to Attracting Women into Engineering (AWE), a program designed to expose them to the broad field of engineering, on July 17, 18 and 19. The workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Rowan Hall, the engineering building on Rowan’s Glassboro campus. Girls may participate in one of the three one-day sessions, selecting their preferred date when registering.
According to Melanie Basantis, Rowan’s engineering outreach director and AWE program director, the one-day workshop provides an overview of engineering and what engineers do, along with hands-on, project-based learning in the engineering labs.
During AWE, they will work with and learn from College of Engineering faculty and students during workshops that focus on hands-on engineering laboratory experiments, team building, communication, computer training and solving societal problems. Participants will explore engineering fundamentals while enjoying such projects as making lip gloss and building and launching water bottle rockets. The girls also will be exposed to how engineers assist underdeveloped regions obtain safe drinking water through Rowan’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders™.
The non-refundable workshop fee is $25 for one day, and a pizza lunch will be provided.
For more than a decade, Rowan has offered the AWE workshops each summer, in part to help stem the decline in middle school females’ self-esteem as they enter adolescence and combat the trend of gender inequality in technology.
Many Rowan AWE participants have pursued engineering and several have attended Rowan’s College of Engineering, crediting their initial interest in engineering to the AWE program.
For more information on AWE, visit www.rowan.edu/awe, or contact Kathy Urbano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-256-5309. The deadline for applications is May 21.