CHARLESTON – Nine female students from Matewan PK-8 School recently attended the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” event hosted by Bridge Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, W.Va. on February 25, 2016.
The 8th annual event was held at the Columbia Pipeline Group building.
Fourteen schools in West Virginia were represented at the event, and the girls participated in various activities which highlighted essential skills needed in a variety of engineering occupations.
The students were able to utilize chemistry, physics, and a variety of other school subjects to participate in a roller coaster design activity and other team building challenges.
There was also a time in which various women in the engineering field spoke to the female students about their jobs and the types of courses they took in both high school and college which led to engineering degrees. As a result, the students gained a better sense of the engineering field and the types of careers that are available in the field.
Ashley White, Assistant Principal at Matewan PK-8 School said she felt that the experience was beneficial to the eighth grade females that attended the event. “I believe our students gained some very valuable knowledge as a result of this event. Several of the girls even told me they were now interested in majoring in engineering in the future,” said White.