On Saturday March 6, Deana Fitzsimmons and Jessica Stitt packed up Deana’s SUV and headed up to Emporia State University to participate in Expanding Your Horizons. This is an event that the Wichita SWE section has been supporting for several years.
They started with a Career Discussion where they spoke about Engineering and Technology to more than 15 middle school girls. In the afternoon they hosted 2 separate workshops where the girls had a hands-on opportunity to learn about Math, Science and Technology. The girls got to learn about electricity by building their own Steady Hand Game. The best part was seeing how excited they were when the project was over and they got to see their lights turn on—and they were the ones to have built the circuit. They also got to learn about sound waves by making their own Thumb Pianos. This project was a bit more difficult that the circuit, but all of the students seemed to enjoy making something they got to take home with them. Both of the hands on activities were from the Agilent AfterSchool kits provided to the section from National SWE.
Overall it was a great learning experience for both the students in attendance as well as for Deana and Jessica. They highly suggest if you get a chance to attend you should take it.