Society of Women Engineer’s 11th Annual Girls Engineer It Day to Take Place on Jan 28th

SAVANNAH (January 18, 2023) – The Society of Women Engineers’ Girls Engineer It Day event is scheduled for January 28, 2023 at Woodville Tompkins High School, 151 Coach Joe Turner St., Savannah, GA 31408.

What: The local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is making this annual event a fun experience for 300 Coastal Empire elementary, middle, and high school students. The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities are designed to encourage involvement and create excitement about engineering.

Girls Engineer It Day encourages and educates students as they discover the future through technology. This event offers invaluable hands-on and industry exposure to different types of engineering. The goal of the event is to inspire all participants to consider careers in STEM. By making engineering fun, we encourage young women to shine in STEM classes and explore opportunities in a traditionally male-dominated field. SWE hopes to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.

This event facilitates collaboration between students in grades 4-12, STEM professionals, and teachers. Students will participate in multiple hands-on projects designed to challenge their creativity, promote teamwork, and introduce them to the wonderful world of engineering. While Girls Engineer It Day is aimed at girls, boys are encouraged to attend. Students will participate in separate tracks of two to three classes lasting one hour each.

Elementary School
Hydroponics
Let’s Make a Thermos
Shapes of Strength
Building in 3D

Middle School
Modes of Heat Transfer
LED Flashlight
Optic Lenses
Stomp Rockets
Turning Milk into Plastic Experiment
Straw Bridges

High School
Airplane Glider
Sugar Rockets
Rube Goldberg Machine

ACTIVITIES

This event also features an expo and a free adult STEM learning track. Local companies, non-profit
organizations, universities, and schools showcase their organizations to students and their parents at the expo.
In the adult track, parents learn about engineering fields and complete a hands-on STEM activity. Parents can
share the activity with their students and use it as a fun teaching exercise at home. The adult track also
includes a panel Q&A session with local schools and Georgia universities about preparing students for their
STEM education journey. This is a rare opportunity for parents to directly engage with major universities that
might not otherwise be accessible.

When: January 28, 2023, 1:00-5:30 p.m.

Where: Woodville Tompkins High School, 151 Coach Joe Turner St., Savannah, GA 31408
Registration: The fee is $8 and includes all supplies for the activities and a commemorative t-shirt. After
January 20th, the registration cost increases to $10.

For More Information: To learn more about Girls Engineer It Day and to register, visit www.sceswe.org. For
media inquiries, contact Amy Bowden, [email protected], 912-220-1528.

Sponsors: This event is made possible by our sponsors. JCB, Jedson Engineering, Georgia Power, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Society of American Military Engineers, Thomas & Hutton, and Walmartgenerously donated their resources to help make this event successful. The local chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Society of Flight Test Engineers, along with Target and Publix, are sponsoring engineering activities.

We are thankful to do a small part to encourage and inspire young women to pursue STEM professions. We need their unique ideas, voice, and leadership in every engineering field. Girls Engineer It Day gives us the opportunity to reach students on a larger scale and we hope you join us for the fun! – Emily Hilson, Savannah Coastal Empire SWE President

About SWE
The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a nonprofit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. The need for the United States to build a new generation of leaders proficient in engineering and technology is at the top of the nation’s agenda. While encouraging all young people to pursue careers in related fields is critical, this initiative has even greater significance among the nation’s young women.