Expanding Your Horizons – Volunteer Opportunity

On Saturday, October 28th, there will be a volunteer opportunity to present a 45-50 minute hands-on workshop to middle school girls at the 5th Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference held at Wichita State University. The aim of this conference is to provide young women with opportunities to meet and interact with positive women role models who are active in STEM careers and increase their interest in STEM by providing exciting and fun hands-on learning experiences. There will be two activities: Paper Rockets and Penny Bridges (see below for descriptions). We will need 4-6 volunteers per timeslot; 8-15 girls will be in each workshop timeslot for 1-3 timeslots (number of slots TBD).

If you are interested in volunteering to help set up, tear down or run an activity, you can sign up using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4ca4ad2aa5fc1-activity.  For questions, contact Elisa Acosta at julie-elisa.s.acosta@spiritaero.com.

–       Paper Rockets (individual activity): Patterns will be given to the girls to cut out and tape together; it makes a tube, a cone, and fins. After taping their rocket parts together (and decorating it), they mount it on a PVC launcher connected to a bike pump. Volunteers will pump up the bike pump to create pressure. With the rocket on launcher, the volunteer will release the valve and shoot the rocket. The goal is to make an aerodynamic rocket with a good seal between the cone and tube. They can make adjustments to their rocket design if time permits. The rocket that reaches the farthest distance wins.

–       Penny Bridges (team activity; 3-4 girls/team): Teams will be given 1 piece of paper & 1 piece of 3″ long tape to make a bridge spanning a 9.5 inch gap. Pennies will be added by volunteers one at a time until the bridge collapses. The team that can hold the most pennies wins.

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Society of Women Engineers
Wichita Area Section
I005 PO Box 1096
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Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following establishments for providing a location to hold our meetings:

Watermark Books & Café
Wichita Water Center