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Engineering the future

Encouraging young women to get involved in engineering and technology

Girls Engineering Day is a program led by Women in Transportation (WTS) Orange County and the Anaheim School District. The aim is to teach girls about the various aspects of transportation planning and engineering and get them thinking about careers they might not have otherwise considered. This year’s event took place at Dale Junior High, and was attended by approximately 130 girls from throughout the Anaheim School District.

The topics were divided into groups –environmental, geotechnical, transit and rail engineering, and surveying. The girls spent about 30 minutes rotating through each group, learning about the topics and then engaging in activities to see engineering in action.

Melissa Dugan, a transportation project manager with Stantec, assisted in the opening activity of the day--teaching the girls how to build a bridge from straws and determine the capacity of its strength. Later, she gave a presentation on transit and rail engineering and held a workshop where the girls designed local bus routes.

Along with a newfound passion for engineering, the girls were given a certificate of participation for attending the event.

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