Future Milwaukee Engineers Born in EnQuest, 2014
Math and science aficionados created solar charged reading lamps for Engineers without Borders to deliver to people living off the electrical grid in Visiban, Guatemala. The project highlighted EnQuest, our summer engineering camp for high school girls.
Future engineers turned fast friends and tomorrow’s/future “Milwaukee Engineers” living in the dorms, teaming in the Digital Craft Research lab, investigating design and circuits and touring local engineering hot spots like Johnson Controls, the Global Water Center and Discovery World Museum.
The girls presented how they applied math and science to make lamps at a capstone event.
Mirroring our approach to research and teaching, the girls learned about a real-world need and produced something to serve it. The girls also talked with faculty about our distinctive engineering programs that build a “soup-to-nuts” or “concept-to-commercialization” capability – programs like the Student Start-up Challenge and Product Realization Class.
To get an even bigger picture of life as an engineer, the girls facilitated a panel discussion with members of UWM’s Society of Women Engineers and local professionals.
Inspiring? Oak Creek High School Ameralys Correa thinks so:
“The support and information I gained sealed the deal. The whole experience made the idea of engineering more real and attainable than if I had just read about it on Google. So, I started my college application.”
We hope to see you at next year’s EnQuest!
EnQuest is an engineering camp for high school girls funded by the National Science Foundation grant: “Fostering Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Engineers.” Girls live on campus for a week, explore engineering careers, build skills, learn scientific theory and apply knowledge to a real-world project. Campers meet professional women engineers and tour local companies looking for future engineers. For information about next year’s program, contact Christine Beimborn.