R.P.I. offers kids glimpse at engineering
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TROY, N.Y. A local college is starting young, when it comes to getting people interested in science-centered careers.
RPI's school of engineering teamed up with its "Society of women engineers" to host their annual "exploring engineering day" on Saturday.
The free, half day program for kids grades three through six uses hands on activities to encourage careers in the STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math.
Organizers said with an uptick of young people using technology every day, such as smart phones and m-p-three players, it's an easy conversation to start.
The challenge, according to the Society of Women Engineers, is to show how the field would be an interesting one to actually work in.
Andie Maret, Pres of RPI's Society of Women Engineers said, “A lot of what we try to teach today is engineering isn't necessarily you know, sitting there with your calculator or sitting behind a computer. But its problem solving. It's a new way to creatively think about things and you can apply it to everyday things in your life."
Maret said she hopes the event will dispel any myths that exist about engineering and show kids that it is an interactive, fun job to do.