Mother/Daughter Engineering Day a success
A group of 20 middle school girls and their mothers participated in the MU College of Engineering’s Mother/Daughter Engineering Day in May. The annual event is one of several outreach programs designed to introduce engineering concepts in fun formats to pique participant’s interest and encourage them to consider an engineering career path.
Mother/Daughter Day is aimed at young women and includes mothers who actively will be involved in helping their daughters make decisions about their futures. Activities may serve also to introduce mothers to “what engineers do.”
Activities included sugar structures, mechanical hands, GAK (a Play Dough material) and paper plane manufacturing.
Members of the college’s student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers led the activities, aided by women students from Engineering Ambassadors. An engineer partnered with each mother/daughter pair.
In addition to introducing elementary through high school-age students to engineering and its possibilities, engineering’s outreach programs promote MU as a great place to earn an engineering degree. The college’s Corporate Partners Program provides funding support for these efforts as well as a variety of initiative programs that take aim at encouraging involvement, leadership and professional development skills for engineering students on their paths to becoming the next generation of engineers.
The college’s Corporate Partners Program, with the tagline, “Building the Workforce of Tomorrow,” was founded in 2008. Partner companies receive preferred status at career fairs and for on-campus interviews, among other benefits.
Current Corporate Partners include AT&T, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, DST Systems, Garmin, Norfolk Southern, Shelter Insurance and Union Pacific.