Why is This Workshop Important?
Women constitute 51 percent of the U.S. population and 46 percent of the U.S. labor force. However among recent graduates (1990 and later), women represent only 8 to 9 percent of the
practicing engineering labor force. While women constitute a high percentage of some science occupations - more than half of all psychologists (63 percent) and sociologists (55 percent) are women
- their participation in physics and engineering remains small.
Description of the Workshop
- About 20 high school girls from around the country take part in an engineering workshop taught by college faculty with the assistance of
local high school teachers.
- An important societal need is the development of technologies that enhance the quality of life of children with disabilities. Consequently, the workshop theme is
"Toys and Tools for Disabled Children," which focuses on developing technologies to enhance the learning activities (toys) and communication skills (tools) of disabled children.
- The girls will work with a local school with programs for children with disabilities to identify specific needs.
- On campus the girls will be engaged in:
Other aspects of th program include
- Bioengineering - where they are taught basic design principles and develop useful and effective toys for disabled children;
- Embedded Systems Design - where they use a small microcontroller and some sensors and other electronics to learn prototyping techniques that are useful for the design project for the children; and
- Communications - where they are taught the basics of communications, apprehension, characteristics of oral delivery,
persuasive tactics in informative speaking, vocal impact and non-verbal cues by Union faculty with this expertise.
- Tours of local engineering companies.
- Off-campus recreational trips such as
the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and hiking at a local ski resort.
- A dinner with practicing women engineers from the area.
- Mentoring by engineering undergraduate students who participate as counselors in the program.
The 2016 Summer Engineering Workshop for High School Girls will be held July
17-29, 2016. Applicants should be in the class of 2017 or 2018 and must have completed year-long high school level math and science courses. The application materials include an application form, academic transcript,
an essay, and references.