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Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

November 30, 2006
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

Attention: Assignment Editor
Baltimore Area Middle School Girls to Get
Introduction to Engineering

Johns Hopkins Students Will Help Young Visitors
Build Design Projects

When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. Morning session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; afternoon session is from 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: The Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall, at The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
Who: Engineering students at Johns Hopkins are the primary organizers and volunteers for "Ready Set Design!" a program set up to interest more girls in engineering careers. About 50 girls from middle schools in Baltimore city and neighboring communities are expected to attend. (The morning session is expected to draw 25 girls; about the same number are expected in the afternoon. Girls will attend one session or the other; the content will be the same.)
What: Johns Hopkins engineering students will help the young visitors, working in small teams, to complete design technology projects. Local engineering professionals will also participate in the day's activities.
Why: The engineering field has a gender diversity problem: too few women are entering the profession. To help correct this imbalance, organizers of this event want to introduce women engineers and engineering projects to middle school girls whose minds are still open to non-traditional career paths.
Media Contact
at the Event:
Lester K. Su, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. (Before the event, Su can be reached at 410-516-8637.)

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