National Engineers Week 2016

The University of Texas at Dallas and corporate partner Fidelity Investments celebrated National Engineers Week 2016, Feb. 21-27, by introducing the intriguing world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to local middle school students.

Volunteers from Fidelity Investments spent time on campus with about 40 girls from Marsh Middle School and the Wesley Rankin Community Center, helping them experience the excitement of college and the innovations of engineering. The girls were treated to a tour of Residence Hall West and panel discussions with 10 UT Dallas student members of Women Who Compute and the Society of Women Engineers organizations. The students talked with the girls about why they chose STEM majors and how to afford college.

After the tours, panel discussions, and lunch in Dining Hall West, the girls learned more about the buildings on campus, such as the Student Union, and the college experience from the volunteers as they walked to the Activity Center for the Engineering Open House, the final event of the day.

At the Engineering Open House, the girls explored design stations in the Activity Center, participated in hands-on activities, such as making their hair stand on end, creating a catapult and assembling electrical circuits.

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