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Widener School of Engineering to host mini-camp for high school girls

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Local female high school students get a hands-on introduction to a career in engineering.

Chester, PA - The Widener School of Engineering along with the Society of Women Engineers will host the 19th- Annual Engineering Mini-Camp for High School Girls on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Kirkbride Hall.

Students interested in science and math will attend for a hands-on introduction to the variety of problems solved by engineers daily and explore engineering careers in laboratory workshops.

The event will welcome over 200 high school female students from across the region as well as members of the Philadelphia section of the Society of Women Engineers, Widener female engineering students and alumni with assistance from the Widener Women in Computing Club.

The camp will cover a range of engineering specialties and include lab sessions on nanotechnology, biomechanics, muscle development, computer animation, roller coaster design, tower building, bridge design software, aerodynamics, programming robots, lie detectors, pavement design with chocolate asphalt, reaction kinetics and electric-powered LEGO vehicles.

There will also be two panel discussions between lab sessions. The first will be led by female engineers from the Philadelphia section of the Society of Women Engineers on the topic of career opportunities in engineering. The second will be a companion program for parents entitled “Sending Your Daughter to Engineering School.”

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lab sessions from 10:20 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:20 to 4 p.m. The panel discussions are scheduled between lab sessions for 12:10-12:40 p.m. and 1:40-2:10 p.m.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,