“Girls Engineering Day” Sparks Interest in Anaheim

Orange County 2015 pic 1 The Orange County Chapter of WTS International, in partnership with Anaheim Unified High School District (AUHSD), hosted their first “Girls Engineering Day” in Anaheim, California. Seventy-five young women from eight AUHSD junior high and high schools were given the opportunity to learn about careers in engineering and transportation. The event was designed to engage middle and high school-aged girls and inspire them to enter STEM degree programs and careers in the transportation industry.

During this action packed, hands-on event, there were five main “stations” where participants could learn more about engineering through interactive activities focusing on environmental, survey, geotechnical, transit/traffic and highway/bridge topics. During lunch, the girls also hadOrange County 20215 pic 2 the opportunity to hear from women leaders in the transportation industry, including Amy Choi, a designer with the engineering firm Rail Pros who is a former student at Dale Junior High, and Rose Casey, Director of Highway Programs/Highway Project Delivery at Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and a seasoned transportation leader. Choi and Casey shared their insights and experiences of being successful women in the transportation field.

The full day event left the girls feeling empowered and confident that they could pursue a career in engineering. They took pride in the hands-on projects they created and earned a certificate of completion for the event.

 

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