WE @ RIT Engineering Summer Camp for Girls Opens July 6

Leadership workshops and engineering design projects scheduled for girls entering grades 4-9

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WE@RIT, the Women in Engineering program at Rochester Institute of Technology, launches its annual, daylong Summer Camp for Girls starting July 6 and extending through July 24. The camp for middle school girls takes place in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, where the young women will participate in engineering design projects such as building robotic hands, solar ovens and kinetic sculptures.

Female faculty from the mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering departments within the college will lead classes and activities as part of the college’s effort to encourage the teens to pursue careers in science and technology.

From 1-1:45 p.m. each day, the more than 25 students will have a presentation about a woman engineer who made significant contributions to the profession, including Kate Gleason, namesake of the RIT engineering college. Throughout the day, the students will participate in team building activities and recreation and spend late afternoons in labs working on design projects.

“Each year the group of girls at summer camp grows and we have a great time with them,” said Julie Olney, program coordinator for WE@RIT.

WHAT: WE@RIT Engineering Summer Camp for Girls

WHEN: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., July 6–July 24

WHERE: Xerox Auditorium, Gordon Atrium and various classrooms/labs in the James E. Gleason Building in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, on the RIT campus

CONTACT: Michelle Cometa, RIT University News, 475-4954 or email macuns@rit.edu to receive daily activities and room locations/information