Girls who want to become problem solvers and creative thinkers can get a jumpstart to their futures by registering for Engineering a Future 2012.
It's time for 5th and 6th grade girls to register for the annual EAF event that has attracted hundreds of area participants. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University.
"A glimmer of interest in how and why things work and a lot of curiosity are the only qualities needed to participate," said Patty Cowan, EAF co-chairperson and president of the Upper Cumberland Section of the Society of Women Engineers. "We want young women to spend the day with hands-on activities and have fun discovering their talents and interests."
TTU engineering faculty members as well as professional engineers will lead team activities. Dozens of engineering and education student volunteers will guide small groups of girls in the hands-on learning workshop designed to foster interest in science and engineering education and careers.
"I've been an engineer my whole life, and I know this is a way to build on the attention and the enthusiasm these young women possess," said Cowan.
A free adult workshop will also be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to introduce parents, teachers and counselors to the possibilities an engineering profession provides. Sign-in will take place in TTU's Memorial Gym the day of the event.
The $12 fee per student includes all activities, lunch and commemorative T-shirt.
Payment and registration must be received no later than Jan. 13, 2012.
To register online and pay by credit card, check or invoice, go to tntech.edu/STEM and choose the link "Engineering a Future," or call Christina Hatley at TTU's Oakley STEM Center at 372-6573.
Attendance is limited to 160 participants, and registration will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be no on-site registration. Each participant will receive a confirmation letter and additional information by Feb. 10.
To register or see more information, visit www.tntech.edu/STEM. If you have questions, contact a co-chair: Corinne Darvennes at 931-372-3253; Cowan at 931-520-8569; or Dakota Brown at 931-528-9440.
Engineering a Future 2012 is sponsored by the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium, Tennessee Tech University, Cummins Filtration and the Society of Women Engineers.