MEDIA ADVISORY: Biggest Event of its Kind in the U.S., UT Austin Engineering Hosts 'Girl Day'

Student demonstrating a project for children at Girl Day
Cockrell School of Engineering

What: The Women in Engineering Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host more than 10,000 children, parents and educators from across Texas for its 17th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Girl Day STEM Festival.

When: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Cockrell School of Engineering Complex at UT Austin (map)

Media: The event is open to the news media. Free media parking is available in three garages: 27th Street Garage (109 W. 27th St.), Speedway Garage (105 E. 27th St.) and San Antonio Garage (2420 San Antonio St).  

Tricia Berry, director of the Cockrell School’s Women in Engineering Program, will be available for interviews.

Notable highlights to cover include: “Longhorn Maker Studio Tours and Open House” throughout the day on the ground floor of the Engineering Education and Research Center (EER). “Physics Circus” demonstration — shows at 12 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. — in the ground floor atrium of the EER.

More information on activities, demonstrations and shows can be found at girlday.utexas.edu.

Girl Day By the Numbers:
8,000 — Kindergarten through eighth-grade students expected to register for Girl Day 2018
150 — Activities throughout the day
7,200 — Inches of rainbow electrical tape to create LED butterflies
12,000 — Straws to create sustainable pinwheels
1,950 — Toy animals to save by constructing parachutes

Background: With more than 1,400 volunteers from UT Austin, nonprofit organizations and local businesses, Girl Day has become the largest event of its kind in the U.S. The daylong event is filled with activities that help spark creativity, inspire future careers and show how engineers and scientists can change the world. Elementary and middle school students will engage in 150 activities and hands-on educational experiences, from designing a balloon-powered car to watching physics and chemistry in action.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is presented by Halliburton, and the Girl Day STEM Festival is presented by Texas Instruments.