Campus News Events — 05 February 2015

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Institute of Engineering will once again host the annual “Girls in Engineering” event. This signature program is set for Thursday, Feb. 12, with three session running from 9-9:40 a.m., 10-10:40 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m. at the Hoke Field House at Calloway County High School. More than 160 sixth-grade girls from Calloway County and Murray Middle schools will participate in the activity.

“Girls in Engineering” involves a competition modeled after the Survivor television show, with the girls working in teams to pipe water from an “oasis” to their “camps.” They have to design a PVC piping system to transport the water around, over and under obstacles. The water is then used to turn a small generator and light an LED, illustrating energy conversion and electricity production.

In this challenge, the girls learn practical problem-solving skills, teamwork, quantitative skills of measurement, engineering design and economics, all in a very supportive environment. The activity is mentored by female engineering students and faculty, and is fun for the participating middle school student.

This marks the 11th year for the event, which to date has involved more than 1,500 girls. This special day for “girls only” is designed to encourage them to consider engineering as an area of study for future careers.

Girls in Engineering

Sixth-grade girls from Calloway County and Murray Middle schools participate in an earlier “Girls in Engineering” Day, sponsored by the Institute of Engineering at Murray State University.
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