One generation of San Diego women engineers is mentoring the next generation as the local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers has connected with girls studying engineering at Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch high schools.
the watchful eye of today's professionals, the Mira Mesa High team
developed a toy to help teach primary colors to a client while the
Scripps Ranch High team was matched with a client that cannot
communicate verbally and only has function of two fingers. A lap desk
was built for the client to assist with answering yes/no questions.
The challenge from the professionals was building and presenting a
learning adaptability solution for a patient at Rady Children’s
Girls from Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch High Schools
participated in the STEP Up event sponsored by the local chapter of the
Society of Women Engineers to use their engineering skills in the
service of others. STEP Up (Service Through Engineering Program) is in
its third year and focuses on building and presenting a learning
adaptability solution for a patient at Rady Children’s Hospital. The
teams, consisting of three-six girls, are matched to a child patient as
well as their parents and physical therapist.
Students from both teams said the event was a great learning
experience that helped them see that engineers solve problems to help
people. It further emphasized the importance of communication, working
as a team, and time management. The girls are all currently enrolled in
the engineering programs at their high schools that are supported in the
district by the Office of College, Career and Technical Education
For more information, please contact Melissa Woods in the CCTE Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 503-1837 or the Society of Women Engineers STEP Up program.