ttu logo

tennessee technological university

TTU News

Calling all 5th though 8th grade girls who are interested in participating in the 4th annual “Engineering a Future.”

The Society of Women Engineers Upper Cumberland Professional Section and Tennessee Technological Collegiate Section have partnered with the Girl Scouts of America to host the day-long activity on Saturday, Feb. 25. Last year, more than 260 girls participated in what has become a very popular event for young ladies.

Last year’s activities included cleaning up an oil spill, making chocolate sludge, and exploring sonar technology for the “Ocean Exploration” theme. The 2006 workshop will focus on “Lights, Camera, Action: Behind the Hollywood Scene” and will include all the technology that Hollywood uses for movies, music, and television shows. Some activities will incorporate the use of green screen technology, digital recording methods, and computer aided animation. The 7th and 8th grade girls will have workshops similar to the 5th and 6th grade girls, but the workshops will contain more in-depth material.

Last year’s program co-director, Karen Ramsey Idem, says that any young woman interested in exploring the fun and excitement of engineering is encouraged to attend. Senior TTU engineering major Jillian Murphy described what to expect from the event.

“It’s amazing the energy surrounding that single day in February," said Murphy. The short-term effect of the program is obvious—over two hundred girls spend a Saturday bonding with each other, college students and professionals while learning that math and science can be fun. The long term effect is the hope that some of these young women will attend college and enter technical fields."

“Engineering a Future: Lights, Camera, Action!” is being sponsored by TTU's College of Engineering and College of Education, the Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, Cummins Inc., the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association of University Women, and the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

The Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley will help with recruiting participants again this year. For the $12 fee, a girl can attend the workshop, receive a T-shirt, eat lunch, participate in four engineering activities, and receive a one-year membership to Girl Scouts. Please visit to print the registration form. Scouts and leaders can access the online version. The registration deadline is Feb. 11.

Many volunteers are needed to execute the day smoothly. If you are interested in creating an activity, contact Corinne Darvennes at If you are interested in volunteering to help in preparation or the day of the event, contact Sally Pardue at If you have any questions, contact Kris Craven at 931-372-6027 or, Erica Clark at 931-528-9429 or, or Paula Walker at