Less than 15% of the Engineers in this country are women. Women are traditionally isolated from this field due to a lack of exposure, interest and role models. Schools play a pivotal role in helping young girls to envision themselves as engineers.
The school is a K-5 elementary public school.
The majority of the students are English Language Learners. Many of them live locally in the neighborhood of the school. Many of their families are from Latin American countries such as: Columbia, El Salvador, Peru and Brazil. All of our students receive free or reduced price school lunch. These materials would be used to start a girls only engineering club with 2nd and 3rd graders. A parent and I would be running this club weekly after school. Without materials, we cannot have this club.
With these LEGO kits we will be able to engage in an after school engineering club to explore the questions: How do you build a robot? and What does it take to become an engineer? We will be able to talk about, build and use LEGO robots. What's more is that with these materials, we would be able to compete in LEGO robotics competitions and help connect future female engineers to one another.
What does it take to become an engineer?
With these materials, girls who participate in our after school club would have the opportunity to answer this question. Through hands on learning about robotics and engineering, this unique experience would help connect girls to a lifelong passion for science and technology and maybe could change the demographics of our workforce. Help inspire the future female engineers in my school to become Smarter, Together.
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