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thumb_Engineeringafuture_2010Girls who dream of exploring, investigating and discovering can find activities, encouragement and fun at Engineering a Future 2011.

It's time for 5th and 6th grade girls to register for the 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. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University.

"Participants don't have to be sure they love or even understand engineering; just a glimmer of interest and curiosity is all that is needed to enjoy the workshop and learn a lot," said Patty Cowan, EAF co-chairperson and president of the Upper Cumberland Section of the Society of Women Engineers. "This year we're inviting high school girls who've previously been involved with Engineering A Future to join the day. These young ladies will lead activities alongside engineers."

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 Dec. 17. The deadline, earlier than previous years, will help parents and organizers avoid registration issues caused by school snow days and holiday schedules.

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. To register, visit 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 2011 is being sponsored by the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium, Tennessee Tech University, Cummins Filtration, and the Society of Women Engineers.