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MEDIA ADVISORY: Baltimore Area Middle School Girls to Get Introduction to Engineering

Johns Hopkins Students Will Help Young Visitors Build Projects

November 17, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
(443) 287-9960

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20.

WHERE: The Great Hall in Levering Hall on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

WHO: Engineering students at Johns Hopkins are primary organizers and volunteers for “Ready Set Design!” The program was set up to interest more girls in engineering careers. Between 50 and 80 girls from middle schools in Baltimore city and neighboring communities are expected to attend.

WHAT: Johns Hopkins engineering students will help the young visitors, working in small teams, to complete design technology projects with a “Clean Air, Clean Water, and Our Future” theme. Local engineering professionals will also participate in the day’s activities.

WHY: The engineering field has a gender diversity problem: too few women are entering engineering schools and the engineering profession. To help correct this imbalance, organizers of this event want to expose middle school girls, whose minds are still open to non-traditional career paths, to women engineers and engineering projects.

MEDIA CONTACT AT THE EVENT: Lester K. Su, associate research professor of mechanical engineering. (Before the event, Su can be reached at 410-516-8637.)


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