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Park Avenue celebrates “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

on March 3, 2017

Park Ave student applies tape to her index-card tower.As part of the observance of National Engineers Week, Ms. Melican coordinated an all-girls design challenge titled, “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.”

Park Ave student tapes together a square structure made of index cards.The challenge consisted of building a tower with a set number of index cards and tape-length. Participants could trade the two supplies, such as more tape for a few cards, and vice versa. The level of difficulty was adjusted to the students grade-level. Each tower design was unique, and most stood long enough for a picture.

The activity sparked conversations on the importance of the engineering field, the shortage of women in engineering careers, and “never giving up,” even if our design fails.

Five Park Ave students gather a round a table to build their index-card tower. Park Ave student tests tries to stabilize a paper bucket on top of her indes card tower.

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