CSU, Chico News

Imagineer Day Engages Girls in Science

Date: 03-10-2016

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Nearly 200 young students, most of them girls, will build rockets and volcanoes and fly a quadcopter during Imagineer Day on Saturday, April 2, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at California State University, Chico.

The day of hands-on lab experiments in Langdon Engineering Center exposes children in grades K-6 to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (commonly referred to as STEM). The young students spend about an hour at each of several stations, as SWE members teach them about different scientific principles.

SWE public relations officer Salam Ali, a senior mechanical engineering major, said her organization hosts the annual event in hopes of increasing female representation in STEM subjects.

“We want to get young girls interested in these subjects so they are more inclined toward them when they’re older and enthusiastic about pursuing careers in these fields,” she said.

To offset registration costs, SWE members have raised about $3,000 through fundraising efforts, including $1,000 in community donations, and are seeking a grant from the national SWE organization. The women also receive support from the Associated Students and the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management.

The CSU, Chico students were recognized for their Imagineer Day efforts with outreach and section awards at the SWE’s 2015 international conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in October.

Registration is $15 plus tax. For more information, and to register, visit the Chico SWE section online at http://csuchico.swe.org.