On Monday, October 26, more than 200 young women from 25 high schools in Massachusetts and the region - including Springfield, Chicopee, Greenfield, and Orange - will explore the fields of engineering and computing through hands-on activities. The event is the annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference, and the aim of this program is to excite, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue engineering or computer science as an academic track and career path.
The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at UMass Amherst, where activities and discussions will be geared towards female high school students to introduce them to the fields of engineering and computing.
Two of the themes will cover the introduction to computer programming and the engineering of liquid/solid interactions. The high school participants will also take part in three other lively, entertaining, and educational exercises to teach fundamentals of engineering and computer science: electronic storytelling with Chibitronics (led by College of Engineering undergraduate students); engineering drug delivery (led by College of Engineering undergraduate students); the lotus effect and capillary origami (led by Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the MIE department).
Meanwhile, the high school participants will view demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology and mingle with industry representatives from Raytheon, BAE Systems, Pegasystems, Cimpress, Tighe & Bond, Woodard & Curran, and the US Air Force.
Alumna Carol Craig, CEO of Craig Technologies, will serve as keynote speaker.
In addition, teachers and counselors from the 25 participating high schools will learn about opportunities in engineering and computing, as well as admission to the College of Engineering and the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst.
This year’s Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference sponsors are the College of Engineering, the College of Information and Computer Sciences, Raytheon, Verizon Foundation, and General Dynamics.