Women in Engineering (WIE) Day is a two-session workshop designed to introduce students to engineering and computer science concepts.
Participate in a hands-on, team-based design activity, mentored and delivered remotely, that makes engineering fun and easy to understand. This year's activity will focus on computer science.
How does it work?
- 11th and 12th Graders — win a scholarship by attending a virtual two-session workshop to learn about careers in engineering and computer science, followed by a remotely mentored computer science activity.
- ALL students are welcome.
- Participation is FREE.
- Scholarship winners will be notified by mail.
- Don't forget to Register for the Zoom Sessions (Zoom account is required)!
- Check back for more details in early October.
Past Activity — “A Zombie Got My Leg” Challenge
The challenge for WIE Day 2019 asked students to come up with new solutions using everyday materials to design and build a prosthetic leg.
Students acted as engineers during an imaginary disaster in which a group member's leg was amputated in order to survive a zombie attack.
Teams designed and fabricated a replacement prosthetic limb using given specific starting material and limited additional supplies, similar to how engineers design for individuals while working within constraints.
Prototypes were tested against predefined specifications.
A presentation following the challenge covered new innovations in prosthetic technology from a biomedical and robotic standpoint as well as research at the U of I College of Engineering.