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Wilkes University Society of Women Engineers Hosts Local High School Women in “Amazing Race” Activities On March 16 To Promote STEM Careers

Local female 10th graders get the chance to explore STEM fields when Wilkes University’s Society of Women Engineers hosts The Amazing Race on Friday, March 16. The event will begin at  9 a.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts, Sports & Conference Center, 274 S. Franklin St. and will conclude at 1 p.m. Forty students will be participating from Wilkes-Barre Area STEM Academy and Greater Nanticoke Area, Wyoming Valley West and Crestwood high schools. 

The Wilkes students hosting the event explained that they selected tenth graders for the event as it becomes a decisive year in deciding to pursue the STEM fields.  Audrey Wood, president of the Wilkes chapter of Society of Women Engineers, explained, “We wanted to give females in high school an opportunity they may not be provided with in their schools to see how great STEM fields are and how amazing it would be to have more women involved in those fields.” 

Between 9:30 and 11:45  a.m., students will participate in the following hands-on activities:

  • Space Lander: Students will create an apparatus to protect a marshmallow from falling out of the vessel when dropped from five feet in the air to demonstrate the power of gravity and impact forces.
  • Roller Coaster Design: Students will learn about physics topics such as kinetic and potential energy, inertia and momentum.
  • Programming:  Students will decode a message to gain some familiarity with binary code used in computer programming.
  • Rubber Band Car: Using a variety of materials to design and construct a car, students will then compare how far each groups car can go to expose the participants to multiple aspects of engineering.
  • Water Filtration: Using a limited number of supplies to remove color, odor, suspended solids and acidic chemicals from a waste stream, the students will learn  how science and engineering can help clean the environment in a variety of ways. 

In addition to the hands-on sessions, students will have lunch b from 11:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Students will receive a campus tour from 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. and participate in a question-and-answer session with an admissions representative from 12:30-12:45 p.m. The event concludes with closing remarks from 12:45 to 1 p.m.

For questions about coverage, please contact Gabrielle D’Amico, director of communications, at 570-592-7839.