Middle School Girls Get WISE about Science and Engineering
Middle school girls from across the western Upper Peninsula will get a taste of the excitement of science and engineering during Michigan Tech's annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) workshop on Tuesday (Feb. 21). This year's event will be held in the Wood Gym in Tech's Student Development Complex.
The students will participate in hands-on activities, solve problems and meet with college-age role models. This year's projects include a wood anatomy activity, designing and creating a pinball machine and participating in an epidemic simulation.
"Having the opportunity to provide these young women with engaging science and engineering activities is awesome," says Lauren Kirwin, a coordinator at Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO).
"We're hoping this helps them learn ways to not only problem-solve but to enjoy doing it. These girls are incredibly smart, and we want to give them the opportunity to explore their options."
During the workshop, the girls will meet women undergraduates and graduate students, as well as staff and faculty from a variety of departments. They will learn what shaped the women's career paths and will have an opportunity to ask them questions.
Middle school teachers love the Get WISE program.
"I have been bringing my middle school girls for the last seven years. It is a great opportunity to show them some of the amazing things that happen in the college classroom, as well as the real world, in the science and engineering fields," says Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools English teacher Heather French.
"Having a science minor from Michigan Tech myself, I believe it is important to show young ladies that they are capable of anything," French adds. "This program empowers them, shows them some positive role models and gives them an idea of some of the things they can accomplish."
Another teacher, Jen Martin Davis from Hancock Middle School says, "I always look forward to Get WISE every year. As a middle school science teacher, I personally see the positive impacts programs like Get WISE have on my students. My students leave the event pumped up about STEM, and they begin to see a future place for themselves in science and engineering."
Get WISE is hosted by the CPCO office in partnership with the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Sciences, Mathematics and Environmental Education.