UAB Engineers Change the World Workshop

Girls in Science and Engineering Day: Saturday, April 12, 2014

STRIDE served as a co-sponsor of this event and volunteers of the UAB ITE Student Chapter and SWE assisted with workshops and event logistics.  The project PI, Dr. Sisiopiku, led 3 workshops that focused on transportation engineering and traffic safety.

Using technology and classrooms at the UAB campus, the program engaged middle school girls in Alabama in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities.

Nearly 150 girls from 6th, 7th and 8th grades attended, representing more than 20 different Birmingham and Tuscaloosa area middle schools. The girls participated in engineering and science focused workshops led by female UAB students and faculty volunteers. The workshops helped the girls discover science and engineering concepts through exciting, hands-on activities such as the following:

  • Building and racing cars from edible materials
  • Building and launching water rockets
  • Dissecting sheep hearts
  • Examining crime scene evidence
  • Creating chemical reactions
  • Acting out brain pathways

The girls also had an opportunity to learn about women famous for their work and research, and to discuss the benefits and challenges of pursuing a career in engineering and sciences.