Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day offers interactive fun for Central Texas girls

EVENT: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, a free, interactive event at The University of Texas at Austin for first- through eighth-grade girls.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2-5 p.m.

WHERE: The day's events occur in various buildings within the university's Cockrell School of Engineering complex. Maps are available online.

BACKGROUND: The Women in Engineering Program expects more than 1,000 Central Texas girls to attend Girl Day to participate in age-appropriate, hands-on activities such as designing an electrical circuit to create their own Electric Butterfly, designing their own bubble wand and creating the bounciest ball.

The day's activities also will include robots, balloon rockets, solar vehicles and a Science in the Movies show.

The event increases girls' awareness of the contributions engineers make to daily life, encourages them to work hard in school and to pursue educations and careers in engineering. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is part of Engineers Week, an international celebration of the contributions of engineers to our world with programs designed to reach out to current and future generations of engineering talent.

More than 300 engineering students, faculty and staff volunteers from the Cockrell School of Engineering help make the day a memorable learning experience. Volunteers also come from local corporate partners 3M, IBM and National Instruments as well as the local engineering community.

NOTE to editors: There will be plenty of photo/video opportunities throughout the day from 2-5 p.m. For media assistance the day of the event, please contact Tricia Berry, Women in Engineering Program director, at 512-963-3366.