WIE - Women in Engineering
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists.
The mission of IEEE WIE is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally.
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The Germany Section Affinity Group in Munich works on Volunteering!
We strongly believe in the need for role models in science and engineering for young girls, and we are convinced that it is of major importance to inspire and motivate them while still in primary school. Thus we plan to buy some experimental training material for children and contact local primary schools in Munich surroundings to agree on a program. Our vision is to organize visits to schools and offering get-together session where young pupils can get in touch with us and our subjects in a funny way.
So far we met a primary school experienced teacher to agree on how to engage pupils with scientific experiments. We gathered all the possibilities offered in TryEngineering.org and Kassel University Webpage and we discussed the timeframe according to the school program and the most suitable experiments to show. We will reharse in early October to plan it in details!
Rubber band car race in Stockdorf!
On Wednesday December 1st a very special car race took place in Stockdorf Primary School. Five members of the WIE Germany Section Affinity Group left Garching with strange cartons and through the snow they made their way to Stockdorf, south of Munich. There the brilliant engineers of the 3rd class were waiting for them. After a quiz-introduction of the car industry history, they identified the materials from which they had to create their racing cars: CDs, sticks, milk boxes, rubber bands, paper clips and so on. Then they were split into five teams and after 45 minutes of cutting, glueing, assembling and trying they were ready for the race, and we measured together how far and how fast cars could go. At the end everybody won sweets!
http://ewh.ieee.org/mu/germany-wie/files/2010/09/stockdorf_21.jpgFor our group it has been a very enjoyable day and an impressive learning experience. Hopefully it was just a beginning of an inspiring project. We look forward to receiving feedback from teachers & pupils. You can find details on how to build a rubber band car following: www.tryengineering.com.
Our Volunteering Team would like to thank GE Global Research Munich for supporting this unforgettable day, hosting the preparation meetings and lending us the company car. We would also thank the teachers at the Stockdorf Primary School for hosting us.
For further information please contact our WIE affinity group coordinator.