Women Engineers @ the Beach

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Donations:  All donations must be made directly to the CSULB Foundation. We do not work with a third party for any fundraising.

Recent Program Date:  October 4, 2013 (Friday); Agenda, Keynote Speaker bio

The following schools were selected to participate:

  • Applied Technology Center (Montebello Unified School District)
  • Cabrillo High School (Long Beach Unified School District)
  • California Academy of Mathematics & Science – CAMS (Long Beach Unified School District
  • Jordan High School – International Baccalaureate (Long Beach Unified School District)
  • Paramount High School (Paramount Unified School District)
  • Polytechnic High School – PACE (Long Beach Unified School District)
  • St. Lucy School (Long Beach Unified School District)
Offered once in the Fall semester, "Women Engineers @the Beach" is an outreach program that serves 200 to 400+ middle and high school students. Students are recruited from Southern California middle and high schools. This one-day program was developed to enhance students' understanding of engineering, computer science, technology, and other non-traditional career fields. It serves students who are performing in the top tier of advanced-level mathematics, particularly those who are on the PreCalculus/Calculus track. For middle school students, the current math track must be that which would lead them to the PreCalculus/Calculus track by the 12th grade year.The program was founded in 2001 by Lily Gossage, former Director of Engineering Recruitment and Retention at California State University, Long Beach.
"It is immensely important for universities to provide outreach opportunities to attract more women into science and engineering. This should start as early as the middle school and continue all the way through high school. This is when kids start to explore their interests and their career paths. Unfortunately, many girls are discouraged about engineering because they perceive it as being ‘too technical’ and ‘unexciting."    
Dr. Panadda Marayong, Society of Women Engineers Faculty Advisor