HOUGHTON — Next week, more than 150 high school girls from across the country who are interested in engineering careers are coming to Michigan Technological University for an intensive Women in Engineering program.
Each participant won a $1,000 scholarship to the competitive program, to cover tuition, room and board, and supplies.
They will spend a week looking at careers in mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials engineering.
The young women will work in teams to solve hands-on engineering design challenges. They will build a bridge strong enough to withstand a simulated earthquake, create an artificial intelligence army and talk with female engineering role models.
A business etiquette dinner, sponsored by Kohler, will be held on Wednesday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. WIE participants will practice eating in a formal business setting. More than 20 professional female engineers will be on hand with formal business dining tips. After dinner, participants will travel to a local beach at dusk (weather permitting) to release more than 150 sky lanterns on which they have written their career goals.
In addition to Kohler, corporate sponsors of the Women in Engineering program at Michigan Tech are General Motors and 3M.
During their week at Michigan Tech, the young women will get a taste of college life by living in University residence halls, eating in the dining halls, exploring the campus and meeting diverse peers.
More at www.mtu.edu.