UConn Engineering’s new 2017 SPARK Program gives young women in middle school and high school access to week long learning programs that focus on different engineering disciplines. This is the latest effort by the Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center to help UCONN bridge the gender gap in the STEM fields and make more young women interested in science fields.
Each week’s curriculum will focus on a different engineering discipline:
- Coding (July 9 – 15): learn the basics of coding and its real-world applications using Arduino
- Robotics (July 16 – 22): learn how to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and miniature robot
- 3D Printing (July 23 – 29): learn how to use scanning devices and to input variables into the 3D printer to print solids
The only challenge might be getting to the Storrs, CT campus of UCONN – it’s more or less between Boston and Manhattan. The campus is beautiful by the way – we know this from personal experience. We also know the campus is much more pleasant in summer than winter.
We are very proud that UCONN has developed this new program – its great to see that they are concerned about ensuring the next generation of entrepreneurs in tech will also be women.