Women in Engineering Expo Days at the University of Idaho

By Nicole Hindberg on February 11, 2019

Last week, the University of Idaho hosted hundreds of girls from local high schools who want to pursue a career in engineering. The University of Idaho held an exploration day for young girls who are interested in their engineering program. Expenses and housing were paid by the University of Idaho for the weekend that the girls were in Moscow.

The American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers put on an expo for women in engineering. Hosted by Marie Wagner, this exploratory event was offered for 9th and 10th grade girls from 7:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. on February 8-February 9.

During this event, these girls got to learn about STEM majors at the University of Idaho as well as college life during their time at the University of Idaho as a Woman in Engineering.

During this day, these girls could design and build projects, meet female engineering professionals who have had a successful career in their field. They also got tours of engineering labs and classrooms on campus. College students from the University of Idaho were able to speak with current students and ask any questions they have regarding being an engineering major. Raffle prizes were also given throughout the day. Lunch and snacks were provided as well as a free overnight day in University of Idaho housing. Rather than having the girls stay in hotels, the university placed the girls in dorms with current engineering students in order to allow them to have a full college experience.

A similar one-day workshop called Women in Engineering Day is set for October 2019 for girls in the 11th and 12th grade. This workshop is similar to this one, but it offers more hands-on activities as well as more scholarship opportunities for the girls in attendance. Speakers have not yet been assigned for this event. Registration is limited to only 80 girls so the application process is slightly more hefty as well as the selection process. This workshop is free for those who apply. Housing and travel expenses for this event is paid for by the University of Idaho. The goal of this event is to introduce students to career options in engineering and computer science.

The University of Idaho is working harder towards offering more information and resources for those women in STEM fields. These exploration days serve as the first step in the process of becoming an engineering major at the University of Idaho.

Nicole Hindberg is studying Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Idaho. She has been writing for Uloop News since September 2018. She also writes for her school's newspaper called the Argonaut. She is also featured in weekly News shows on her university's radio station KUOI 89.3 FM Moscow.

Follow Uloop

Apply to Write for Uloop News

Join the Uloop News Team

Discuss This Article

Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly

Back to Top

Log In

Contact Us

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format

By clicking this button,
you agree to the terms of use

By clicking "Create Alert" I agree to the Uloop Terms of Use.

Image not available.

Add a Photo

Please select a photo to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format