On Thursday, Feb. 20, Stoneleigh-Burnham School will celebrate “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” geared toward helping girls and women further themselves in the field of engineering.
Rather than having regular classes, students will participate in hands-on engineering challenges at their grade level. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is the capstone of the school’s celebration of National Engineers Week, Feb. 16-22, which will include virtual conferencing at an all-school meeting with alumnae working in the field of engineering, and a community service component. The theme of Engineers Week is “Let’s Make a Difference.”
4-H Robotics Club members will open the 10 a.m. meeting on Thursday and introduce the panel. Later, engineering challenges on the solar system and NASA, green design, and simple machines will happen in small groups. And, as a way to involve the whole school in one project, community service club members will host the building of a balloon nanotech model during lunch.
Sally Mixsell, Head of School, said the goal is to bring attention to engineering as a collaborative and creative process that makes a difference in all of our lives.
“Setting aside a whole school day to expose girls to the world of possibilities in engineering will underscore the idea that they can be engineers who change the world,” Mixsell said.
Taylor Williams, STEaM coordinator and science teacher, said the program meshes with Stoneleigh-Burnham’s curriculum in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
“We hope to drive our STEaM initiative forward, but also allow the girls to enjoy the hands-on engineering challenges,” Williams said. “Following our mission, we want our students to have the confidence and voice to succeed in any field, but committing this day to engineering hopefully opens up more doors for their future success and potentially begins to even out the gender inequality in the field.”