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NIU-Enhancing Engineering Pathways Program for Girls

Reported by julia_alsirt@ipsd.org on 11/3/17

NIU-Enhancing Engineering Pathways Program (NIU-EEP) is a program sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation for girls in grades 5-8 to explore the field of engineering through a series of "Saturday Engineering Workshops (SEW)" held at NIU-Naperville from November 18th, 2017 all the way till May 12th, 2018. This program which is a partnership between the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology @NIU and the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is being conducted for the tenth year and has been made available to girls in 5-8th grades at a very minimal cost of $250 (excluding the girl scout membership fee of $25 and administrative fee of $15) for the entire duration. This also includes a week long summer day camp to be held at the NIU, DeKalb campus. This year the registrations have been opened up to a few selective 5th graders as well. Girls who get into the program in their 5th - 8th grades, move up to their high school years working on different hands-on engineering projects every year before getting an opportunity to serve as a HS mentor to the newer middle school girls. As a HS mentor, girls have opportunities to pick volunteer hours and also get paid from the program. If you wish to read the success stories of several mentors, please go to our FB page: "https://www.facebook.com/NIUEEP/". This is a wonderful opportunity for middle school girls to network and learn about science and engineering careers in addition to the large number of hands-on activities carried out during these workshop sessions.

The deadline for applying to this program is November 08th, 2017. Teachers could directly email the letter of recommendation to Dr. Suma Rajashankar at sumedhras@gmail.com before the deadline. The announcement for this program has been made on the IPSD district website in the e-folder section as well.

Related website is: http://www.niu.edu/ceet/enhancing-engineering-pathways/

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