Program inspires Kyrene girls to become engineers

July 30th, 2011 — 4:59am

By Travis Roemhild, Ahwatukee Foothills News
A group of Kyrene girls embarked on an extensive journey into the world of engineering Monday during the first day of a week-long camp before school starts.
Girls in Engineering: Shaping the Future, an ambitious new program developed with Arizona State University, will look at the progress of 60 Kyrene girls over the course of the next eight years. The girls are entering their first year of middle school and conclude after they finish their first year of post-high school education.

Kyrene Middle schoolers work on the solar ovens made
during their engineering class sponsored by ASU.
July27, 2011. Darryl Webb/East Valley Tribune.

Each year the girls will log 90 to 100 hours of extracurricular work to further develop their understanding of engineering, program leader Tirupalavanam Ganesh said.

The goal is to get a better understanding of how to raise interest in engineering and science in general for elementary school girls.

“I wanted to study how to engage girls, and that goes for boys too, but there is a shortage of female engineers in this country,” Ganesh said. “This is a way of understanding what we can do to facilitate and grow that engagement.

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Valley engineering camp for girls only

July 27th, 2011 — 4:44am

By: Hatzel Vela
CHANDLER, AZ – An ASU professor is hoping to convince 60 pre-teen girls engineering is the way to go.

Engineering Professor Dr. Tirupalavanam Ganesh said it doesn’t make sense that women make up half of the population, but only 18-percent of engineering undergraduates are women.

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Guiding girls to explore engineering

July 18th, 2011 — 4:24am

Photo by: Jessica Slater/ASU.


ASU education outreach program seeks to discover ways to inspire more females to help boost nation’s technological expertise.

What will spark girls’ interest in engineering careers? An ASU education specialist will look for answers in a multi-year study focusing on 60 girls in several middle schools in the greater Phoenix area.

Girls in Engineering: Shaping the Future is scheduled to begin this upcoming school year with selected groups of sixth-grade girls in the Kyrene School District. The study will follow their progress through their middle school and high school years as they participate in hands-on learning experiences designed to encourage them to explore the world of engineering.

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