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Introducing (500) Girls to Engineering

February 2016 | by Amanda Bertolozzi

There's no denying the facts. Engineering is a male-dominated field. Realizing this, Jodi Prosise, chair and associate professor of engineering, started a special "girls only" event back in 2013.

This year, more than 500 girls packed into the Rogalski Center Ballroom for a night of projects, experiments and creativity during SAU's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering." Two shifts accommodated what has become a "must do" event for area girls.

Kelsey Herold, a junior majoring in engineering, has helped with the event during her time at SAU.

"It's interesting to see how the event has grown over the years," Herold said. "Not only have the girls' interest in science increased, but there have been many girls who come back year after year."

Through the past few years, activities have been finely tuned to best suit the 3 to 13-year-olds.

Not only did students and professors volunteer at the event, but local companies including Alcoa, John Deere and MidAmerican Energy did too.

In this year's event, girls could fish with magnets, create slime made of glue, experiment with mirrors and design LED bracelets, among numerous other activities.

While eight-year-old Ava Urbain participated in many of the afternoon's activities, she had one personal favorite.

"The best part of the day was making the slime," Urbain said. "It was messy and lots of fun."

Nine-year-old Olivia Rubenmeyer enjoyed making and testing wind turbines while six-year-old Kasyn Kurtz liked crafting a chair suitable for Goldilocks out of tape, packing peanuts and construction paper.

"I'm having so much fun," Kurtz said before running off to her next station.

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