UCR’s BCOE Educates Future Female Engineers at Girl Scout’s Career Exploration Camp

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts

UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) welcomed 17 Girl Scouts from the San Gorgonio Council on campus as part of the youth organization’s Career Exploration Day Camp. The college’s educational workshop, organized by BCOE’s chapter of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), informed young women about a career in engineering.

Interactions with professional women engineers and hands-on activities at the workshop had participants thinking like an engineer and covered multiple disciplines including mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. Among the activities was a group project tasking members to construct a 10-inch bridge out of straws and tape that could sustain the weight of a full water bottle.

“Forging a partnership with the Girl Scouts is a natural fit for BCOE to inspire young women to pursue an education and career in engineering,” said Sharon Walker, interim dean of BCOE and SWE advisor. “By pairing scouts with young engineering students and professionals at UCR, young women identify engineering as a viable career path for their futures.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women made up only 13 percent of the engineering workforce in 2011. Since then, a national push has been made to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries.

BCOE was the first stop for girl scouts participating in the week-long camp. In addition to engineering, they had the opportunity to explore careers in zoology, design and medical industries as well as learn how to draft a resume and portfolio.

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