On the 18th of March, 2016, Charlotte Engineering Early College’s tenth graders made their walk to EPIC building on UNC Charlotte's campus to take part in the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) outreach event. This successful event was able to widen the visiting students’ view of the engineering world and the programs offered in the William States Lee College of Engineering.
During the event, speakers representing different UNC Charlotte departments interacted with the tenth graders giving them a glimpse of what it would be like to be a student in that engineering department.
The speakers inspired their audience by talking about their hands-on projects, study abroad experiences, down to living in Hawthorn Hall, the engineering learning community at UNC Charlotte. Throughout the event, the visiting students were encouraged to answer specific questions related to engineering and rewarded with candy bags. What kid doesn't like candy?
Towards the end of the event, the students’ interest was very clear as they directed the panel discussion in efforts to understand the topics discussed even deeper. It seemed evident that they were trying to shape their future plans in the world of engineering. After an hour of knowledge and fun, the visiting students left with smiles and a positive impact on their futures as engineering students.
The Charlotte Engineering Early College (CEEC) opened in August of 2014. CEEC serves CMS high school students in grades 9-13 with a focus on energy and sustainability in the engineering disciplines. CEEC is a small public school of choice; a joint project between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the North Carolina New Schools Project.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a 60+ year old international organization which gives women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. More about the Charlotte SWE chapter can be found here.