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  1. Growing a successful pre-college program, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Katie Kizziar, Program Coordinator Women in Engineering Program The University of Texas at Austin

  2. What does Girl Day look like? 2004 Girl Day crowd at Welcome

  3. Age Specific Activities Mom and daughter work on a Super Golf Tower *Girl Day 2006 will target 1st-8th grade students. HS students will participate in a separate program

  4. Age Specific Activities http://pbskids.org/zoom/printables/activities/

  5. Discovery Booths • Industry Sponsors • Local, state & govt. agencies • Engineering students Intel hosts a booth at Girl Day 2004 Students discover superconducting electromagnets

  6. 2002 86 Students 51 volunteers 2 booths 2 corporate sponsors No grant funding 2005 753 students 205 volunteers 20 booths 7 corporate sponsors Texas Education Agency grant funding Then and Now

  7. HS program has been combined with a UT student SWE chapter event this year- programs will overlap Attendance counted by students who checked in. Student grade self reported on registration form

  8. Participant Gender Statistics This little brother tries to stay dry at Girl Day 2005

  9. Participant Ethnicity Data

  10. Partnerships • Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) • Lone Star Girl Scout Council • Regional E-week Committees • Corporate Sponsors • University Student Groups

  11. Example Budget Example budget for event with 500 participants. Overhead costs have been omitted.

  12. Successes • Program expansion • Added hundreds to recruitment database • City of Austin Mayoral Proclamation • Media recognition • Current Student Effects • Preliminary assessment shows students do increase their interest in engineering and science after attending

  13. Improvements • Troop Syndrome / Day Care Effect • Balancing outreach with recruitment • Controlling materials • Advertising to local schools

  14. Why Try Girl Day? • Many resources available • Energize current student community • Local and campus recognition • Connect with Alumni and Industry

  15. Katie Kizziar wep@engr.utexas.edu