Last summer, 24 local middle-school students participated in "Future Girls @ The Beach," a residential program aimed at girls with an interest in and aptitude for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). During the intensive five-day program, participants explored the many facets of engineering in hands-on, faculty-led workshops; they also took part in field trips to science and engineering labs and to the Columbia Memorial Space Center.
"Our goal is to encourage young girls to go on to college and to pursue careers in STEM," said Saba Yohannes-Reda, director of the Outreach and Recruitment Office Engineering Student Success Center at CSULB.
The girls were joined for some activities by members of campus organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. This gave the girls an opportunity to interact, one-on-one, with current college students who have similar backgrounds and experiences.
The Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman have contributed to the success of "Future Girls @ The Beach" through their support of the university and of student organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers. CSULB is also grateful for the support of the CSU Chancellor's Office, Long Beach City College, and the Long Beach Unified School District.