Union College
2019 Summer Engineering Workshop for High School Girls

EDGE offers a rolling admission policy

Applicants will be notified within 30 days of receipt of all materials

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 take part in a project oriented engineering workshop taught by college faculty.
  • 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:
    1. Bioengineering - where they are taught basic design principles and develop useful and effective toys for disabled children;
    2. Embedded Systems Design - where they use a small microcontroller and some sensors and other electronics to learn prototyping techniques; and
    3. 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.
    Other aspects of the program include
  • Tours of local engineering companies.
  • Mentoring by engineering undergraduate students who participate as counselors in the program.

Admission Requirements

The 2019 Summer Engineering Workshop for High School Girls will be held July 15-26, 2019. Applicants should be in the class of 2020 - 2022 and must have completed year-long high school level math and science courses. The application materials include an application form and an essay.


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