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November 30, 2005
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

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

Johns Hopkins Students Will Help Young Visitors
Build Assistive Technology

WHEN Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005. Morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; afternoon session from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE The Great Hall inside Levering Hall, at The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
WHO Women 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 120 girls from middle schools in Baltimore city and neighboring counties have registered to attend. (The morning session is expected to draw 80 girls; about 40 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 with assistive technology assignments. These may include building a device to enable people with limited use of their arms to brush their teeth; or modifying a bicycle or sled for people with physical disabilities. The college students will guide the middle school students, working in small teams, through 12 such projects.
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.
Prof. Lester K. Su. (Before the event, Su can be reached at 410-516-8637.)

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