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Engineering Girls @ the Beach
March 26, 2009

Continuing its mission in encouraging girls to become more interested in math, science and engineering, the College of Engineering at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) will host for fourth- through sixth-grade school girls its first “Engineering Girls @ the Beach” day on March 27th from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Taking place in and around CSULB’s Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) building complex, each girl will attend four 30-minute workshops that will include hands-on activities, such as bird house construction, the use of electricity, an exploration of concrete strength and uses, and bridge building. The event’s workshops are designed to conform to the California Science Framework curricula adopted by the California Board of Education.

A correlation study done using data collected from more 2,400 female students during the first four years of the College of Engineering’s annual fall program Women Engineers @ the Beach showed that only 6.8 percent of participants had prior knowledge of engineering. However, after attending the event, 91.4 percent of female participants reported having a greater understanding of the field. Another survey item that assessed female students’ interest in returning for additional program participation showed an 88.6 percent positive response rate.

Engineering Girls @ the Beach, which will take place each spring semester at CSULB, was created to provide elementary school girls an event that is more age-appropriate for them. Participating school counselors have stated that the younger girls who attended Women Engineers at the Beach in the past, which included middle and high school girls, would have felt more comfortable learning among those of the same age.

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