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MEDIA ADVISORY: Thousands of Children, Educators on Campus as UT Engineering Hosts ‘Girl Day’

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The Women in Engineering Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host more than 12,000 children, parents and educators from cities across the state for its 19th annual Girl Day at UT Austin. The daylong event is filled with activities that help spark creativity, inspire future careers and show how engineers and scientists can change the world.

When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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.

Girl Day By the Numbers:

8,000 — Kindergarten through eighth grade students expected to register for Girl Day 2020
8,000 — Matchbox replicas of Ewy Rosqvist’s historic Argentinian Grand Prix winning car
150 — Activities throughout the day
9,000 — Gumdrops to create geodesic gumdrop dome structures
2,500 — Ounces of petroleum jelly to manufacture lip gloss

Background: With more than 1,500 volunteers from UT Austin, nonprofit organizations and local businesses, Girl Day has become the largest event of its kind in the U.S.

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. All participants will receive a die-cast Matchbox replica of the Mercedes-Benz 220SE commemorating Ewy Rosqvist’s historic Argentinian Grand Prix performance. Girl Day at UT Austin includes Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year, and the Girl Day STEM Festival.

Girl Day at UT Austin is presented by BAE Systems, BASF Corporation, Halliburton and Kiewit Corporation.

Website: girlday.utexas.edu