Western hosts hands-on engineering workshop for girls this weekend

 

Western University is hosting Go ENG Girl, a free event that encourages girls in grades 7 though 10 to have fun as they learn about current programs of study and careers in engineering. Hands-on workshops allow participants to experience the creativity, imagination and teamwork involved in engineering design.

Since its inception in Ontario in 2005, close to 14,000 girls and their parents have attended a Go ENG Girl event and another 1000 girls in grades 7-10 will attend this years Go ENG Girl events across Ontario.

WHAT: Go ENG Girl

WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 9am-1pm

WHERE: Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion, Western University

Current statistics indicate that only 1 in 5 undergraduate students in engineering is female (Engineers Canada data). Go ENG Girl aims to dispel stereotypes that discourage girls from participating in engineering programs and to raise awareness about career opportunities.

The keynote speaker will be Western Engineering alumna Laura Smith, BESc’14. Laura interned at Pinterest, Research in Motion and XMG Studio Inc (a gaming studio in Toronto) and upon graduation developed her own startup – Pout. This social network app is designed to allow style lovers to share their looks with the world around them.

Full program details are available at http://www.eng.uwo.ca/outreach/goenggirl/index.html

MEDIA CONTACT: Joanne Moniz, Western Engineering, 519-661-2111 x86988, joanne.moniz@uwo.ca

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