Middle and high school students get to see engineering at UNB up close

Author: UNB Engineering

Posted on Nov 26, 2021

Category: Student Spotlight ,

Go ENG Girl offers girls in grades 7-12 the chance to learn more about engineering through a series of fun hands-on activities and exhibits. Girls can find out why an increasing number of females are choosing engineering as their path to an exciting career that offers academic challenge, cutting-edge technology and the opportunity to make the world a better place.

The best part? The event is organized and run completely by UNB engineering students. 

This year's event was held in person at Head Hall on November 20th, 2021 and attracted 60 girls from the Anglophone West district of the province. The morning featured current and recent graduates telling their stories and passion for engineering along with tours of Head Hall, where there were demonstrations by professors and current students in laboratories and the Makerspace. In the afternoon participants engaged in design challenges ranging from programming to building houses and bridges, making bath bombs, conducting electricity, and much more.

The Go Eng Girl team consisted of 17 female undergraduate and graduate UNB engineering students who helped with planning logistics, outreach and communication as well as creating and facilitating activities for the participants. 

"Our goal with Go ENG Girl and Go CODE Girl is to give as many young girls as possible exposure to engineering and computer science in an inclusive environment where they can learn in a hands-on way and hear female engineers' and computer scientists' stories for inspiration," says Grace Ashfield, co-host of both events. "We hope to use this year as a starting block for future conferences so we can improve what is delivered to maximize engagement."