EcoCAR Celebrates Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Argonne

Did you know that last week was National Engineers Week? To celebrate the achievements of engineers and to get young students involved in engineering, Argonne National Laboratory hosted its own Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED).

For more than 13 years, Argonne has hosted an IGED event to educate young women on science, engineering, and technology. This year, more than 75 Chicagoland area middle school girls attended the event. The students were able to take tours of Argonne, get paired with a mentor for the day, and take part in hands-on demonstrations presented by different divisions within Argonne. The students also heard from expert science video host and writer Joanne Manaster.

The EcoCAR organizing team was present with a hands-on electric motor demonstration for the attendees. Thanks to the additional efforts of the Wayne State EcoCAR 2 Team, the demonstration allowed the middle school students to assemble a simple wire circuit to simulate how an electric motor works. Lead Technical Coordinator Brian Benoy also was in attendance and led a “Little Bits” circuit demonstration that showed how circuits are used in everyday items like phones, TVs, and computers.

Take a look at some of the photos from the event below and share your comments about IGED or other National Engineers Week events!

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