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The registration deadline is nearing for girls in 5th through 8th grades who want to spend a day exercising their curiosity about science and engineering at the “Engineering A Future” workshop at Tennessee Tech University.

This year’s event on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., features projects focusing on aerospace engineering. Dozens of volunteers will guide small groups of girls in the hands-on learning workshop designed to foster interest in science and engineering education and careers.

“This is a sampler day for girls who want to test out their interests and work on projects in a lot of different fields,” said Patti Reab, director of membership and marketing for the Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, a sponsoring organization.

Professional engineers, as well as TTU engineering faculty members and staff, will lead teams. Also, the workshop features a partnership with the College of Education to include education majors as team leaders along side engineering majors.

The Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley will again help with recruiting participants this year. For the $10 fee, a girl can attended the workshop, receive a T-shirt and pay for a one-year membership to Girl Scouts. Participants’ parents will also be offered information and invited to stay on campus during the day.

Reab said 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.

“We encourage our young women to test out our projects and open themselves up to new interests,” she said. “Girl Scouts has developed a new program, Studio 2B, to further encourage them to test out what they enjoy.”

Studio 2B is a new way for girls 11-17 to belong to Girl Scouts. It was developed in response to girls’ request to have a new identity associated with scouting that reflects their interests and involvement. Studio 2B is based on four program goals: Become, Belong, Believe and Build. Participants work with advisors to achieve specific goals.

The workshop is sponsored by TTU's College of Engineering and College of Education, the Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, Fleetguard, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association of University Women, and the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.The registration deadline is Feb. 7. To register, contact Kris Craven at 372-6027 or or Patti Roberts Reab at 526-4925 or

CUTLINE: Girls Ready to Engineer Their Futures at TTU – A group of girls attending last year’s “Engineering A Future” workshop work with concrete, enjoying just one of the dozens of activities offered. The deadline for 5th-8th grade girls to sign up for this year’s workshop is Feb. 7.