Eighteen middle schools from across the North Country sent nearly 400 girls to SUNY Canton recently to learn about exciting career opportunities available in engineering.
SUNY Canton and the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted ‘Women in Engineering Day’ on Thursday, May 27, and experienced the highest attendance in the event’s five-year history.
Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were welcomed to campus and enjoyed various activities and conversation that exposed them to careers in engineering. Workshop topics included alternative energy, physics, civil engineering, motorsports, computer information systems, air conditioning, electrical and mechanical engineering technology, and automotive technology.
“It’s critical for young women to experience engineering through hands-on activities, and begin understanding the benefits and rewards of pursuing a degree within the field,” said Dr. Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics. “We want students to walk away with a sense that engineering and related fields are exciting, fun and enjoyable, but most importantly, that young women are more than capable of being successful in them.”
Several members of SUNY Canton’s engineering faculty and staff, including Ononye, were on hand for instruction, demonstrations and experiments.
The program branched off a national initiative that encourages girls to consider pursuing degrees in engineering. The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) coalition began its work in the early part of 2004 in hopes of increasing awareness and understanding of engineering and increase interest among young women in pursuing the field.
The initiative is led by a coalition of the country’s engineering associations and the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and WGBH Educational Foundation.
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