GMHS students attend Women in Engineering Conference

Posted on November 28, 2012, in Academics, Activities, Events, Lancer Life

Fifteen junior and sophomore girls currently enrolled in the AP Calculus AB class attended the annual Women in Engineering Day at Penn State Behrend this month.

Women in Engineering is an outreach program for 10th and 11th grade girls to expose to the life of an engineer, available engineering careers and engineer’s impact on the world. The conference engages students in hands-on and interactive activities and workshops centered around the different careers in engineering. Female engineering students, as well as the Society of Women Engineers, guide and mentor the students throughout the day. Practicing female engineers from the Erie area or Penn State engineering students and faculty members run the workshops.

Students in attendance at the event were Bailee Cornell, Bridget Herlihy, Kelly Tighe, Katy Getzen, Erin Sipple, Elizabeth Yonko, Kayla Eeg, Kelsey Shampoe, Vicki Evankovich, Molly Regan, Samantha Shields, Maureen Nkomo and Louisa Lytle.

Molly Regan and Bailee Cornell simulate the manufacturing process in Assembly Line. After determining the amount of time needed to build a toy individually, the girls optimized the process by creating an assembly line with a team of workers, assigning tasks and increasing production.

Maureen Nkomo works on the design of her water filtration system during a session titled Clean Water Anyone? Engineers from GE provided guidance to students. Maureen’s team created a system that filtered a pitcher of muddy water to nearly clear and drinkable.

Louisa Lytle and Samantha Shields work on their structures for The Golf Ball Challenge. The task: build a structure using only seven pipe cleaners that will support eight golf balls and a marble for five seconds when suspended.