Girls and Engineering Day Highlights the Importance of Women in Male-Dominated Fields
A feature of the Museum’s Engineers Week, Girls and Engineering Day combines hands-on engineering challenges with opportunities to work alongside amazing, local women engineers.
Here are just a few of the experiences engineered for girls:
- Electrical Safety with Oncor: Attend a Live Line demonstration and complete hands-on challenges with Oncor engineers.
- Flight Simulator Testing: Don’t miss the chance to fly in a Lockheed Martin simulator.
- Meet Pepper the Robot: Learn about cognitive computing with IBM.
- Magnetic Engineering: Mouser Electronics will amaze you with magnetic challenges.
- Balloon Flinkers: Learn about equilibrium while making a balloon “flink”- neither float nor sink, but stay in mid-air-with the Society of Women Engineers.
- Interview an Engineer: The Museum will be filled with practicing engineers available to answer your toughest questions.
“At the heart of engineering is innovative problem-solving, and the field needs diverse perspectives. When we leave women out of the process of innovation, we lose a key component of diversity and stifle progress,” said Anne Santana, Executive Director of Programs for the Museum. “We found in our research that many girls don’t want to enter STEM fields because they don’t have enough women role models in those careers. Girls and Engineering Day allows girls and their parents and leaders to work with practicing women engineers on challenges as a way to have engaging conversations that may spark a desire to become an engineer.”
In addition to interactive activities, Girls and Engineering Day also features a complimentary showing of the IMAX film Dream Big: Engineering Our World. The film celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected ways. A limited number of tickets for the complimentary screening will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12 PM at the Girls and Engineering Day check-in table.
Girls and Engineering Day activities are offered on a rotating basis and included with paid exhibit admission. Learn more about Girls and Engineering Day here.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s 2020 Engineers Week is sponsored locally by IBM, Lockheed Martin, Mouser Electronics and Oncor.
Additional volunteer support provided by IBM, Lockheed Martin, Mouser Electronics, Oncor, Burns and McDonnell, Cannon Elementary, Eaton, Fort Worth ASCE, MacGillivray Freeman Films, National Society of Black Engineers, Nolan Catholic High School, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Plummer, Society of Women Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Trinity Valley School, Wabtec, UTA College of Engineering and Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is supported in part by a grant from the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District.
The Museum was established in 1941, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Anchored by its rich collections, the Museum is dedicated to lifelong learning. It engages guests through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. For more information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org.