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Engineering Program Helps Girls Design Products

Engineering Program Helps Girl Scouts Design Their Own Products

(July 25, 2005)

In an effort to engage more girls in the areas of science and engineering, the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) and the Girl Scout Council of San Gorgonio, will offer Minds for Design, a two-week engineering summer day camp from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 1 through 12.

“The girls will learn about design and engineering concepts and use that information to create a prototype,” said Linda O’Neill, director of the BCOE’s Office of Special Programs. “Our goal is show the girls that a career in engineering can be fun, rewarding and within their reach.”

Open to sixth- through ninth-grade girls, the Minds for Design program teaches girls how to build circuits, how machines work, and how various materials are designed. The girls will learn a 10-step design process that will strengthen their observation skills and experience how engineers design systems and parts.

The program challenges the girls to identify a problem and come up with an original concept to solve that problem. Through daily hands-on activities, field trips to engineering firms, professional guest speakers, and mentoring the girls have an opportunity to learn first-hand what it would be like to work in the field of engineering.

Participants come from the following areas: Banning, Bloomington, Corona, Grand Terrace, Hemet, Highland, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Perris, Redlands, Rialto, Riverside, San Bernardino, Yucaipa.

For more information about the program, contact Linda O'Neill, director of the Office of Special Programs at the Bourns College of Engineering at (951) 827-6379 or

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