Join us in an exciting year-round engineering program designed for for female students entering 6th grade in Fall 2011 who want to learn more about the role engineers and engineering play in our lives. This is an opportunity to engage in a long-term research study, from grade 6 through grade 12, aimed at fostering female students' interest in engineering as an innovative, creative, and exciting field that shapes our lives.

Students will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to nurture their natural curiosity and will apply their creativity to solve engineering design challenges.

Why Engineering?

Engineering unleashes the spirit of innovation. Engineers constantly discover ways to improve our lives. Engineers help shape the future. Exploring engineering when in middle school gives opportunities for students to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can impact real-life challenges.

An enhanced awareness and knowledge of engineering will expand a young student's opportunities in tomorrow's world, whether as an entrepreneur, inventor, scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician who can compete in the global workplace of the 21st century, or as a technologically literate citizen who can make more informed choices for themselves and their families.

According to the National Science Foundation, only 11% of women in the United States are employed as engineers.

Our Goal

Is to inspire female students to explore engineering design and to foster their natural curiosity and encourage the spirit of innovation needed to engage with the grand challenges of our time.

Who is eligible to participate?

Female students entering 6th grade in Fall 2011 in the Kyrene School District. The application process was completed by May 9, 2011. Applications were reviewed and participants have been selected. No new applications are accepted at this time.

Program Requirements

Participants are required to take part in out-of-school programming from 6th grade through 12th grade. Each year, participants will experience a 5 day long hands-on workshop in the summer before school starts, 2-3 Saturday events each in the Fall and Spring semesters with workshops and field trips to the Arizona Science Center or Museums, and a 3-5 day long hands-on workshop in the summer immediately after school ends.

Participants are required to provide the program director with access to their school records (e.g., attendance, course enrollment, course grades, AIMS scores).


Email ASU Project Director, Dr. Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh, at tganesh@asu.edu


Program Dates for Year 1

  • July 25-29, 2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Introduction to Engineering: Engineering Is All Around Us Arizona State University, SkySong, Scottsdale

  • Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Field trip to the Arizona Science Center. Buses will be arranged for departure from the Kyrene School District office to arrive at the AZ Science Center by 10:00 am. Participants will experience the special exhibit Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship and also experience other exhibits related to science and engineering.

  • Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Reading and Reflection The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 book by Brian Selznick. Books will be delivered to the participant's school on Nov 7 or 8. Will meet at the ASU Memorial Union, Turquoise Room, ASU Tempe Campus. [Note: This is a change in location from the Kyrene School District Office.] Parent(s) are invited to join their daughters this day. Parent(s) will complete a survey first and then explore "automata" with their daughters.

  • Saturday, February 25, 2012, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Field trip to the ASU Art Museum. Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. Buses will be arranged for departure from the Kyrene School District Office to arrive at the ASU Tempe campus by 11:00 am. After a briefing and lunch, participants will experience a special exhibit designed by ASU's Arts Media and Engineering program and engage in hands-on design of an artifact.

  • Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Introduction to Designing Automata. Arizona State University, Memorial Union 220 Turquoise Room, Tempe

  • May 29 - May 30, 2012, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Designing Automata Workshop. College/Career Poster Session, Arizona State University, SkySong, Scottsdale
    Note: Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day and ASU SkySong is closed, the program will only meet on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30.

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