Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day - The CSU Vehicle Innovation Team Teaches Young Girls about the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge
Recently, the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team had participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, teaching young middle school girls the logistics behind the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, all the while learning how to build saltwater powered robots, and solar powered cars.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a devoted day specifically for younger, middle school girls. The event gives these girls the privilege to learn more about what engineering is like, what Colorado State University engineering students do, how our engineers are working towards bettering society, and essentially what they can do with engineering in the future. Our volunteers from the team had aided some young girls in building these saltwater powered robots, and solar powered cars for the majority of the day.
Teaching these young girls about the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge gives them a chance to see what our engineering students are doing with the Chevrolet Blazer, and what opportunities could be in store for them when they pick a university, or college in the long run. While teaching them the basics of what EcoCAR is like, our volunteers had also assisted in teaching them how engineering works by building their gadgets.
At the end of the day, the CSU EcoCAR team and the young girls that they were helping participated in a racing competition, similar to what the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge provokes. While teaching these girls the logistics of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, they also had the opportunity to get some hands on experience with what a competition would look like while racing their solar powered cars.
The saltwater powered robots had also participated in a racing competition. The girls had set up all of their gadgets outside of the Water Scott Bioengineering building, and raced against each other head to head. The CSU Vehicle Innovation Team had also participated with the young girls in their racing competition, giving them technique critiques and how they could potentially make their gadgets stronger.
Encouraging these younger girls to partake in engineering is something that makes the STEM field that much more interesting, and stronger. Having the opportunity for the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team to volunteer at such a big event is the next large step into recruiting younger girls to STEM based careers, and more importantly, the Colorado State University EcoCAR Mobility Challenge in their future endeavors.