Girls Scouts are “Engineers for a Day”

WMU student helping girl scoutTwo dozen Girl Scouts from area troops had a chance to “Be an Engineer for a Day” on a recent Saturday morning at WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  They built simple motors, participated in a Lego car challenge and worked on an ice cream making assembly line.  They also made Oobleck -- a fascinating substance that has both properties of liquids and solids -- and learned how Frisbees are made.

Six volunteers from Western’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers spent several hours demonstrating engineering concepts and engaging the girls in hands-on activities.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to reach out to children in our community,” said Chelsea Russell, a senior in electrical engineering who helped coordinate the event. “We are looking forward to doing it again in the fall.”