Seventh-graders learn about high-school engineering classes, interact with women engineers
A total of 63 Lee’s Summit R-7 seventh-graders attended Summit Technology Academy’s first-ever Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day, held Feb. 2 at the school. The students were from Bernard Campbell Middle School, Pleasant Lea Middle School and Summit Lakes Middle School.
During the event, seventh-graders heard about high-school engineering classes from female high-school students. They also had the opportunity to interact with women engineers from Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Henderson Engineering, HNTB, Leigh & O’Kane, Sprint and Ultrax Aerospace.
Through teamwork and innovation, the girls ended the event with a design challenge to create a catapult to launch a mini marshmallow the furthest distance.
Summit Technology Academy staff members are planning to make the day an annual event and hope to expand the activities next year.