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Meet Ashleigh Hayes: Snow Queen

Engineers are not known for tiaras and sashes. So Ashleigh Hayes, a University of St. Thomas electrical engineering major and volunteer girls’ math tutor, was crowned the Winter Carnival’s 2012 Queen of the Snows in St. Paul, Minn., she knew to deflect digs from her classmates about being a “princess.”

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Event: Engineering for Girls. San Diego, August 7, 2010


Middle school girls are invited to experience the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology with fun hands-on activities at the University of San Diego, CA, on August 7, 2010. Come meet women engineers, scientist, and technologist and hear first-hand about their exciting careers. Cost: Free. Registration deadline: August 2, 2010.

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Summer Program: Middle School Girls. U. Michigan. June 21-25

Girls in Science and Engineering, a program for Middle School girls at the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan (June 21-25), focuses on fun and challenging hands-on activities. Campers elect a Focus Project in a particular subject area to attend each morning (e.g. chemistry, computer science, engineering, human genetics, physics, and robotics). Afternoons are spent with hands-on science and engineering activities, including group collaborative competitions, touring dynamic UM labs, and learning about science and engineering careers. Application deadline: April 16, 2010. Cost: $300.

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Girls Summer Camp: U. Illinois

U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s G.A.M.E.S is an annual week long camp, designed to give academically talented middle-school girls an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields. Application opens Feb. 1

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Girls’ Summer at MIT 2010

Application forms are now available for the 2010 MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP), a rigorous 4-week summer academic and residential experience for female rising senior high school students. Girls explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade . WTP is designed for girls who have demonstrated excellence at math and science but who have very little or no prior background in engineering or computer science.

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