in the Year 2000
13 May 2000
City Water Department
Preliminaries - Meanwhile back at SWE:
SWE - San
Diego had received a $10,000 grant from Solar Turbines to initiate the
Industrial Outreach Partnership (IOP) program.
Planning - Determining the details:
After several SWE
Brainstorming sessions we came up with "Engineering Egypt". Hypatia was selected as our
mascot. It took quite a bit of searching but we found the perfect venue in our City Water
Department's Training Facility. Saturday, May 13 was selected for a date. We would structure
the event similarly to the BEWiSE programs by requiring interested girls to write an essay and
then providing them with a day of fun, educational workshops. We would also provide breakfast
and lunch. And, of course, we would have a T-shirt.
Finalizing - Firming-up the schedule:
* Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen May-Newman (SDSU/SWE) would address the students as
Hypatia, the first female mathematician.
* Workshop Speakers would be:
- Nancy DeWees (SWE, Civil Engineer) and Athalean Gee (Girl Power, Educator) presenting
a Hydrological Engineering workshop showing students how engineers work with water by
measuring flow with a flow meter and calculating the filling time of nearby Lake Murray, a
- Marie Sherwood (SDSU student) and Caryn Hoffman (Girl Power, Educator) presenting an
Engineering Project Management workshop using a computer program to manage a pyramid
- Laura Meldrum (SWE, Software Engineer) showing students how to use Applied Math to
design and make a pyramid.
Click here for more info on this workshop.
- Lisa Duvall (USD student) showing students how to use Applied Physics by demonstrating
how to reduce friction on sliding blocks.
- And, Dr. Newman presenting a Mechanical Engineering workshop on using a lever for
The kids were given "lab notebooks" to make notes in and to place the Egyptian themed stickers
which we gave them at each workshop.
Also: Nametags were made. Students all went home with
folders full of info, leveler/measuring tapes, and calculators.
Web site: http://www.engineering.sdsu.edu/~kmn/engegypt.html
Our survey responses indicated that:
All participants had a terrific time, with students rating the program a 9.4 on a scale of 10. More
than 75% (38/50) thought that a career in engineering, math, or science was a possibility for them,
and 100% said they would recommend the program to a friend. Why? "Because it is fun and you
learn a lot" was the most common response. What better success could we have hoped for!?
This really became an all-section event with many members contributing as much as they could.
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