Sister to Sister – Making Connections the Engineering Way!
On Saturday March 23, Girls Inc. and TCU’s Engineering Department hosted the annual Sister to Sister Summit for young girls to come discover possible engineering careers. The day was filled with many exciting activities. The girls were divided into different age groups. The girls were apprehensive about their groups at first, but they quickly bonded with their new friends!
Together they designed blueprints using computer software (CAD), learned about batteries and circuits, created spinning signs, constructed bridges, created their own lip glosses and played around with gack in the chemistry lab. The girls got to meet Dr. Bittle, a female engineering professor, who is an advocate for women in engineering. She was more than happy to encourage the girls throughout the day.
The girls also toured the TCU campus and marveled at the beautiful tulips that bloomed across the university. In addition, they questioned the TCU students about their academic experiences and learned about the responsibilities of being a college student. At the end of the day, the girls enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the Excel Center.
They also watched a spectacular laser-light show presented by the TCU students. We are very
passionate about getting girls to pursue STEM careers, so this was an excellent chance for us to encourage our girls to be enthusiastic about engineering!
There were many positive comments made throughout the day. One participant said, “TCU is a really nice campus. I didn’t know engineering was more hands on than sitting at a desk.” -Emily – age 12
Many, many thanks to Dr. Bittle and her engineering students at TCU! We had great time learning about engineering!
**Blog contributed by Elizabeth G.