As they did last year, nearly 200 high school girls are expected to attend next week’s ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.’
Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 5, 2014) — The College of Engineering will get a jump-start on National Engineers’ Week with a Valentine’s Day “Fall in Love with Engineering” fair on Friday, February 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the McArthur Green. Officially observed February 16-22 to celebrate the ways engineers improve life and the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the week will continue with tours, competitions, exhibitions, and, yes, concrete canoe races, closing with a weekend hackathon.
National Engineers Week (EWeek) was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with the birthday of President George Washington, who is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.
As part of the week-long celebration, almost 200 local high school girls will visit the University of Miami campus on Thursday, February 20, to learn about STEM fields and engineering on Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, an integral part of the national EWeek program. Keynote speakers from NextEra and the U.S. Air Force will enlighten the young women to possibilities for their own career dreams. The day’s activities include an engineering challenge competition and a tour through the College of Engineering laboratories, with live demonstrations given by graduate students and professors.
On Tuesday, February 18, the Innovation Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Center, Lower Lounge, showcasing a variety of technological advances within the field of engineering, a jet engine exhibit, and flight simulator demonstrations given by members of the U.S. Air Force. The expo also features the latest entertainment technology from Sony, a demonstration of Microsoft gaming technology, and displays of research conducted by engineering students.
Free and open to the public, the Innovation Expo allows students, faculty, and aspiring engineers to enjoy hands-on experience with recent innovations in technology on a global scale.
For the full schedule of events please see http://umeweek.com. For more information contact Ann Helmers, director of career services and alumni relations at the College of Engineering, at 305-284-2058.