Engineering Girls - It Takes A Village

Residential Program Dates:  August 5 - 11, 2013

 About this Program
This program is sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor's Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (via Long Beach City College) and the California Space Grant Consortium. It is organized by the CSULB Women-in-Engineering Outreach Program with support from the CSULB President's Commission on the Status of Women. Generous support from the CSULB Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, CSULB Foundation, CSULB Staff Council, CSULB and LBCC faculty/staff members enrich this residential learning experience for the young girls who have been selected.

Facilitated by a leadership team involving CSULB and LBCC professionals, with support from the Villages at Cabrillo management, this program is being offered by an all-volunteer team of faculty, staff, and students. It will serve 37 girls (grades 4 through 9) and parents who currently reside at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach and are served by the surrounding transitional housing programs. Girls and parents will stay in the CSULB dorms, along with engineering women students, to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through a series of workshops conducted by faculty from the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Science/Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts, and Long Beach City College. Members/affiliates of the President's Commission on the Status of Women will volunteer and also conduct workshops on team-building/academic success. Girls will receive motivation from CSULB faculty/staff mentors to continue on a pathway toward college success. Field trips to the Columbia Memorial Space Center (where they will experience a simulation of shuttle take-off) and Long Beach City College (where they will build an under-water remotely-operated vehicle) will enrich girls' learning experience by demonstrating real-world applications of STEM education.
 
In order to gain knowledge of STEM content and its relevance to the New Generation Science Standards and Common Core for K-12 classroom instruction, teachers from the Long Beach Unified School District will also participate. While receiving professional development, they will also offer support to the participating girls and parents.

Artwork designed by Lily Gossage, rendered by Richard Ngan (CSULB Civil Engineering alumnus)