B'ville: Female students explore engineering possibilities

On Jan. 15, eighth-grade girls in the Baldwinsville Central School District had the opportunity to explore the career of engineering when Baker High School's technology department hosted two Girls in Engineering workshops.

During each workshop, students rotated through three activities that reflected engineering courses offered through the Project Lead the Way engineering program at the high school. The activities were:

Fischerteknics -- students built a model and then wrote a computer program to make the model move;

Digital electronics -- students soldered electronic components to make a reaction tester; and

Computer integrated manufacturing -- students used a 3D modeling program on the computer to design a game, then they were able to create it with equipment in the technology department.

Baker has held the Girls in Engineering workshop every year since 2003. The high school's technology department designed the workshop to encourage females to think about pursuing engineering courses when they enter high school, as well as to consider a career in engineering or another field in math or science. Currently, about 20 percent of the students enrolled in Project Lead the Way courses at the high school are females.

Ivy Spas, left, and Allie Combs, eighth-graders from Durgee Junior High School, work as a team to make a reaction tester during Baker High School's engineering workshop.

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