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Participants at the Project Lead The Way Girl's Day Out in 2015. Participants at the Project Lead The Way Girl's Day Out in 2015.

Not Your Typical Girls' Day Out

An event encourages young women to get involved in STEM fields.
By Stefanie Banks

Statistics show that women are not as engaged in the STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — fields as men are. San Diego State University's Society of Women Engineers chapter and Project Lead The Way California aims to bridge that gap.

The two organizations are hosting Project Lead The Way Girl’s Day Out on Feb. 27 to encourage young girls to be confident in the STEM arena.

“An event like this is important to SDSU because it demonstrates our support of increasing diversity in STEM,” said Michelle Bunn, Project Lead The Way affiliate director in the College of Engineering. “It also allows students and their parents the opportunity to learn about SDSU’s Colleges of Engineering and Sciences programs and scholarships.”

Leading the way

Each year Girl’s Day Out is held once in the fall and again in the spring. The fall event hosts 50 high school girls, grades nine through 12, and the spring event welcomes 50 middle school girls, grades 6 through 8, along with their parents. 

The event includes workshops where students complete hands-on STEM-related experiments run by female engineers and scientists. Parents also attend workshops that provide information about other local STEM events and activities for their daughters.
Registration is full for this event, but those interested in attending the fall Girls Day Out can e-mail Michelle Bunn.