The “Girls in Engineering” event for sixth-grade girls from Calloway and Murray middle schools has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 4. The event was cancelled Feb. 21 due to inclement weather.
The Murray State University department of engineering and physics hosts the event. More than 175 sixth-grade girls are expected to participate in this activity. Calloway County Middle School students will compete in two sessions, 8-9 and 10-11 a.m. Girls from Murray Middle School will compete from 1 to 2 p.m. All competition will take place at the Hoke Fieldhouse at Calloway County High School.
This activity involves a competition modeled after the Survivor television show, with the girls working in teams to pipe water from an “oasis” to their “camps.” They have to design a PVC piping system to transport the water around, over and under obstacles. The water is then used to turn on a small generator and light an LED, illustrating energy conversion and electricity production.
The girls learn practical problem-solving skills, teamwork, quantitative skills of measurement, engineering design and economics in a very supportive environment. Female engineering students and faculty mentor this activity.
This marks the fifth year for the event, which to date has involved nearly 900 girls.
The event is sponsored by TVA, and is designed to encourage girls to consider engineering as an area of study for future careers.