Girls encouraged to register by Feb. 1 for Engineering a Future 2007

Rockets or cars or snowboards — whatever your favorite mode of transportation, engineers help create it and girls can learn more about it at Engineering a Future 2007.

It's time for 5th and 6th grade girls to register for the 5th annual EAF event that has attracted hundreds of area participants interested in becoming problem solvers and creative thinkers. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University.

"This is a really neat opportunity for young woman to spend a day experiencing the ever-changing and exciting field of engineering," said Patty Cowan, EAF co-director and president of the Upper Cumberland Section of the Society of Women Engineers. "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."

Professional engineers, as well as TTU engineering faculty members, will lead team activities. Dozens of 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.

Cowan says even if young women have only a glimmer of interest in science, the workshop is a great place see what peaks their interest and involvement.

A free adult workshop will also be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to introduce adults 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 for girls includes registration, lunch, T-shirt and all activities.

Payment and registration must be received no later than Feb. 1. Attendance is limited to 160 participants. There will be no on-site registration. To register, visit www.tntech.edu/isee or call 931-372-3465.

Engineering a Future 2007 is being sponsored by TTU's College of Engineering, College of Education, Office of Admissions and the Oakley STEM Center; the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium; the Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley; Cummins Filtration; the Society of Women Engineers; and the American Association of University Women.

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