Introducing Girls to Engineering IGEW

  • I overheard a girl saying to her friends, “This was the best day ever!!”
  • Today was a great day! Thank you for all of your hard work putting together such a rewarding experience for our youth. My girls were worn out from all of their learning and fun!
  • My daughter was busy making plans for next year as we crossed the parking lot to our vehicle! It was wonderful to have young girls that I mentor mingle with new faces and begin forming friendships through the like-minded experience of IGEW.
  • Thank you SO MUCH for having this workshop! This was my daughter, Charis’, first time. She loved it and we journaled everything when she got home! She didn’t understand what the survey was asking, so answered nothing for several of them, and I explained what it meant and she said she definitely learned tons in each workshop. Your investment in the future of our girls and our country is priceless. Thank you again, and we look forward to next year and any other opportunities you may have in the future! As homeschoolers, we do not have access to things like this in the schools, and my sons would love to do things like this as well. We are so glad you have this, though! My younger daughter can’t wait until it’s her turn (she is six).

Overall event – March 28, 2015

  • Future Engineers – ? 280
  • Volunteers – approx 70 – 14 cancel/didn’t check-in + 3 onsite
  • Location – Holy Trinity Academy, Melbourne, FL – Pineda Causeway
  • Sponsors – Boeing

Prep, volunteers, training, set up

  • finalize date, school contacts
  • notification IGEW girls, volunteers, schools, other organizations
  • registration for girls – no-shows, waivers, scheduling, cut-off date
  • volunteer registration – lists – by name, module, lunch selection / count, t-shirt size / count
  • module leaders – notification, materials, training, module bin pick-up – procedure, support, resources
  • module documentation – google doc / zip for organizers/archive only – send word/pdf doc only to module leaders
  • volunteers – reminders – previous year, pre-event
  • volunteers t-shirts – order fewer, use inventory in storage, some volunteers will wear from previous events
  • volunteer badges, day schedule
  • scheduling : tracks – registration, popularity
  • food – order count +, pick-up, extras go to bus
  • banners
  • modules – leaders, helpers, instructions, materials, evaluation cards, room assignment
  • girls – t-shirts, bags/stuff, badges, schedule – some really small girls, many large sizes left over
  • location information – lots of confusion – which HTEA? (there are 2 + church in Orlando), entrance / sign on Pineda Causeway

IGEW – March 28, 2015

  • site prep – unlock, signs, set-up cafeteria, gym registration
  • girls check-in – ?? volunteers
  • volunteer check-in – no-show 15, walk-in 3 ? there but didn’t check-in
  • lunch, snacks – location, set-up, schedule, helpers
  • students – FIT – 5, ERAU – 5, high school – Team Pink – 3, others
  • admin / coordination – schedule, security, announcements, clean-up

Wrap up, review

  • module evaluations
  • modules – receipts, inventories
  • volunteer evaluations
  • clean-up, room restoration, teacher gifts
  • after party
  • module bin return – coordinate / module leader responsibility, options
  • students – FIT – sheet with names (5?), ERAU (5), Team Pink (5?), high school – 2 vt signed community service records

Modules / tracks – yellow, orange, green

  • sign-up, scheduling
  • lunch x 2
  • module duration – 40-50min – timing issues for some modules
  • distribution of modules / girls – desserts not totally full as usual
  • feedback – girls, module leaders

Track 1 – girls

  • Alkaseltzer Rockets –
  • Bounce into Polymer Science – needs hot water to dissolve Borax – microwave in kitchen
  • Bridges – kits – craft sticks * pre-drilled prep required
  • Design a Dessert –
  • Space Ninjas: Spy Satellites –

Track 2 – girls

  • Angry Test Pilots – kits
  • Design a Roller Coaster –
  • Duct Tape Creations –
  • Minute to Win It –
  • Programming Robots – Harris kits

Track 3 – girls

  • Bungee Egg Jump –
  • Chocolate Asphalt –
  • Gears – Harris kits
  • Steady Hands – kits ordered from SWE – each girl gets board, share screw drivers & give away
  • Tie Dye and Forensics