"Day of Dreaming Big" Introduces Girls to Engineering

On July 28th, ASCE Oregon Section brought 50 female students to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for a day of exploring engineering and the screening of “Dream Big”. ASCE volunteers teamed up with Adelante Mujeres, a non-profit serving low income Latina families, for a “Day of Dreaming Big”. This field trip was the finale at the end of STEM Week for their summer camp.

 The students visited the museum and participated in hands on engineering activities. The students built paper towers and tested them against wind and earthquakes. They also learned about the buoyancy needed for underwater robots and the gears used in the Falkirk wheel. Each activity was themed around a project highlighted in the final event; the screening of “Dream Big”.

 The girls were surveyed at the beginning and the end of the day. Each student was given a Lego and asked to place their Lego in one of two jars. The jars were labeled “I might want to be an engineer” and “I am not interested in engineering”. 18 of the 50 students voted that they might want to be an Engineer in the morning. That number more than doubled to 40 of 50 students at the end of the day!

 Volunteers, Chaperones and Students enjoyed discovering the museum and problem-solving as a team. All attendees left inspired by the film and the opportunity to be our next generation of engineers.

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