Students team up with youth at engineering competition for girls

With the help of WMU’s Society of Women Engineers student chapter, young aspiring engineers took to the floor of the Air Zoo and competed in engineering projects, competitions and activities as part of the 4th Annual Corporate Engineering Challenge. The event, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers South Central Michigan Section, gives girls ages 9-12 the opportunity to spend the day at the Air Zoo and team up with professional and student female engineers to compete for prizes in a fun and exciting engineering challenge.

Each challenge team was associated with a local corporation with a history of innovation and advancement in the engineering field. The Society of Women Engineers student chapter also participated and worked with one of the teams.

“This is a great opportunity for girls to interact with female engineering students and successful female engineers in a variety of industries and fields,” said Anetra Grice, STEP program manager and SWE faculty advisor. “They have a chance to experience engaging, hands-on engineering and science activities provided by the sponsors.”

This year's corporate sponsors included: Mann + Hummel, Performance Validation, Perrigo, Pfizer, Stryker, Rockwell Automation, Albemarle, Bendix, Consumers Energy, CRB, Parker Hannifin, Whirlpool, WMU College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Zoetis, JR Automation Technologies, ThermoFisher Scientific, Solvay, among others.