Plans for the annual GEMS (Girls: Engineering, Mathematics & Science) workshop, an all-day event for eighth-grade girls with interests in science or engineering, are in place at South Dakota State University.
Sponsored by the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, the March 23 workshop in Crothers Engineering Hall features three hands-on sessions and a panel presentation by South Dakota State students and industry professionals discussing their academic and professional experiences.
Session one, students will work with an SDSU robot to learn the basics of coding software and programming. In the session led by computer science lecturer Paula Kurtenbach, software will be installed to communicate with the robot and then it will be programmed to perform simple tasks like singing.
In session two, students will work with mechanical engineering staff to discuss materials and loads in different environments. Students will visit labs, perform tests and do hands-on activities to explore materials inside and out.
In session three, students will study a forensics activity, “Will They Get Away with Murder?” Participants will evaluate handwriting, fingerprints and dust particles found at a “crime scene” as well as applying statistics to the interpretation of forensic evidence to determine if a suspect was present at a crime scene.
In addition to the sessions for eighth-grade girls, there are three free sessions for parents and teachers. The first session is a STEM student and professional panel dedicated to interactive discussions to make the most of students’ high school careers, which could lead to success at the college level.
The second session is “Preparing Your Student for College and STEM Career Opportunities.” Leah Brink, corporate recruiter at Daktronics, and Bruce Berdanier, dean of the Lohr College of Engineering, will discuss opportunities at SDSU.
The final session is a walking tour of several Lohr College of Engineering’s laboratories.
The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. and closes by 4:50 p.m. The three hands-on sessions, lunch and SDSU ice cream for a midafternoon treat are all covered in the $35 registration. Register online at www.sdstate.edu/jerome-j-lohr-engineering/girls-engineering-mathematics-and-science .
For more information, call the college at (605) 688-4161.
Building Access Directions
Crothers Engineering Hall is located just north of the intersection of Eighth Street and 12th Avenue.
Parking is available in the lot south of the Eighth Street and 12th Avenue intersection. There also is a small lot to the immediate northwest of Crothers.