Later this month, teen-age girls will get a chance to learn about high-tech career options.
About 100 girls in grades 6 through 12 in Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area will take part in Engineer Your Career from 8 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Burge Union at Kansas University. The event is sponsored by KU's School of Engineering.
The day will begin with overviews of engineering, degree programs at KU and engineering disciplines. Milt Sills, KU alumnus and senior vice president of product engineering at Cessna Aircraft Co., will speak at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards, students will have a chance to talk to engineering professors.
Members of the Society of Women Engineers will conduct a question-and-answer session, and students will have a chance to explore displays.
To register, contact Jenelle Marsh at 864-2936 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $5 a student. Attendance is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The event coincides with the Engineering Expo, an annual event at the the School of Engineering that celebrates the creative aspects of engineering. The free Expo is geared toward elementary and secondary students, and most activities will be in Learned Hall.
After attending Sill's speech, participants can check out hands-on explorations of science and engineering from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Design competitions begin at 11 a.m. The contests include building a bridge from dried pasta and glue; building a small "car" powered by chemical reaction; building a tower with rubber bands and Popsicle sticks; solving computer programming problems; building a machine that completes a task in a round-about way; and building a rubber-band powered aircraft.
Participants must register in advance, but anyone can come and watch the competitive events. To register, go to www.engr.ukans.edu/~kuesc/expo/.