On Saturday, female engineering students from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology hosted an open house for prospective students with hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.
The open house also featured a variety of resources for parents and teachers, some of the most important influences for young girls considering engineering careers.
The event was is free and open to girls in grades 5-9, their parents and middle and high school teachers.
“Our visiting youth can actually see themselves as engineers,” said Kathy Ehrlich-Scheffer, director of Women in Engineering. “So they’re getting to see our engineering students as role models, ask them questions, and then see themselves down the road in those same positions.”
More than 500 people came out last year, so the numbers are expected to be the same or more.
There are currently 125 female students in the engineering program at RIT.