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Girls explore engineering careers

3/6/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Girls from throughout Northeast Ohio enjoyed the chance to sample careers that benefit from an engineering background at the annual Kids Career Day March 1. The University of Akron’s (UA) College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering program sponsored the event.

Among the participants was Clara Hoffert, 9, of Akron, who is shown above as she gets a ride on an air-powered hoverboard driven by UA aerospace engineering student Drew Bowen.

Olivia Richardson, 8, and Chloe Christensen, 9, both from Jackson, are pictured at right as they work on a balloon-powered hovercraft.

According to UA officials, about 300 girls from first through sixth grades spent the morning with UA faculty and local professional engineers and scientists to learn about engineering. The students dissected diapers and tested their absorbent polymer layers; built a rudimentary biomedical mechanical arm using salad tongs; and created a Rube Goldberg Machine, a contraption that leads a marble through chutes, down ramps and against swinging panels.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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