First Femineer (TM) University of Iowa Showcase Set for December 6

WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) at the University of Iowa will be hosting its first Femineers (TM) Showcase December 6.  The event will be held from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., starting on the ground floor of Old Capitol Town Center, Iowa City, along with visits later in the day to the Operator Performance Laboratory at the Iowa City Airport and the National Advanced Driving Simulator, Coralville, IA.

The Femineer (TM) program was created at Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering in 2013.  The program inspires female students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in their education and career. The University of Iowa WiSE program is the first University Affiliate outside of California. 

The program is implemented in local schools and communities and provides grades 5-12 with the opportunity to visit the University of Iowa and participate in a UIowa WiSE Femineers (TM) Showcase.

Sixteen eighth-grade students from Alburnett, IA, Junior-Senior High School, one of the pilot schools, will be participating.  In addition, Cal Poly representatives Nicole Gutzke and Kristina Rigden, will be attending.

The program currently has three 30-hour modules which introduce girls to computer science, coding, and computer/electrical engineering.  Students also explore opportunities in Creative Robotics, Wearable Technology, and Pi Robotics.

Femineer students and young girls
Students from Alburnett Junior and Senior High School review projects at a November 20 STEM Night event in advance of a December 6 Femineer (TM) Showcase on the University of Iowa campus.