On Jan. 14, 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. Participants had to work in groups to design and construct a cardboard boat that a student could successfully sail across the high school's pool and back without it sinking. Nine out of the ten student-made boats survived the voyage.
About 50 students from Durgee Junior High School participated in this year's workshop under the direction of 23 female high school technology students who acted as teachers and mentors. Four local female engineers representing Sensis Corporation, National Grid and Lockheed Martin spoke with the junior high students to share their experiences.
Baker has held the Girls in Engineering workshop every year since 2003. The high school's technology department designed the workshop to encourage female students 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.