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Poly is Women in Science! Women’s Innovation Symposium in Engineering (W.I.S.E.) Scheduled for Sunday, April 14

3/4/2013

This year, Poly’s second Women's Innovation Symposium in Engineering (W.I.S.E.)  for girls in 7th – 12th grades will take place on Sunday, April 14. Though the format of the day will be very similar to last year's, the organizers are hoping to expand the program to include about 100 girls from Poly and other schools.
 
On March 11 of last year, Poly hosted the very first Women's Innovation Symposium in Engineering (W.I.S.E.), a daylong conference for female students, who are interested in pursuing science and engineering. In the morning, the 50 girls in attendance listened to a presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Kate Ziemer, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University, before breaking into groups to participate in hands-on workshops led by professional female engineers.

This year's keynote speakers are: Maryland Public Service Commissioner Kelly Speakes-Backman (to read her biography, click here) and Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code (to read her biography, click here).
 
The workshop activities included building an LED lantern, designing an iPhone app, and creating a miniature swing. In the afternoon, the students presented their work and attended a poster session where they spoke to representatives from colleges such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, New York University, and Tufts.
 
If you know any girls from seventh to twelfth grade, please encourage them to fill out the application at blogs.polyprep.org/WISE. They will be notified of their acceptance on a later date.
 
In addition, if you know of any female engineers who might be interested in leading a workshop or participating in the college fair, please click here. We would appreciate all the involvement we can get.

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