Girl Scout Engineering Day
Meet the GSED Director!
Jessica Tomshack is the Girl Scout Engineering Day Director, and she is a sophomore in mechanical engineering. She is incredibly excited about her role and the impact she can make inspiring young girls about STEM.
Every year, SWE hosts Girl Scout Engineering Day, a half-day outreach event for Girl Scouts Juniors where participants are exposed to different areas of STEM. This year’s theme is “Simple Machines,” sponsored by energy company Ovintiv. One of the most fundamental physics concepts, simple machines help to make life easier by redirecting or increasing the force put in. Engineers and scientists have used simple machines for a long time, from possibly using them to help build the pyramids in Egypt up to combining them into the complex machines we use today, like cars. Our world would look a lot different if we didn’t have simple machines, so it’s important to understand them and how they can be used together. GS Juniors will learn about each machine in six different exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Girl Scout Engineering Day prepares participants to:
- Define introductory science, engineering, and mathematics concepts
- Demonstrate their interest in STEM with continued active engagement in STEM-type classes, and extracurricular activities
- Apply their learning to future hands-on experiences to complete the Girl Scout STEM badge
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Student Center Ballrooms A-E
Cost to attend
- 6 science activities
- Panel discussion
- Gain insight into STEM majors
Quotes from Post-Event Parent Survey:
“Thank you so much for the fun day today! It was so great to see the girls excited about learning about STEM. It was also inspiring seeing all the young, talented, women pursuing careers in STEM. Thanks so much for your time and effort in making this great learning experience for the girls! I love that SWE exists!”
“Thank you so much for organizing a wonderful STEM event for the Girl Scouts! My daughter had a great time and discussed several activities afterwards. She also reiterated her desire to learn more coding. Now if she can combine coding, with her love of dragons, she will be well on her way to a dream career.”