February 05, 2013
Nicole Germain

Weekly Innovation Challenge Takes Part in 'Girls in Engineering Day'

More than 100 high school and grade school girls in the Ritenour School District participated in the weekly challenge led by six SLU iScholars.

The Weekly Innovation Challenge (WIC) once again teamed up with Ritenour High School for its first-ever Girls in Engineering Day. Six iScholars from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology led two challenges that included more than 100 girls from the high school and grade school level. The two challenges were the Pasta Wagon Challenge, which required participants to build a wagon out of noodles that can transport the most weight for four feet, and the Helping Hands Challenge, which required the girls to build a contraption that will transport objects to a target area. 

"Watching the girls compete in the innovation challenge and get excited about engineering reminded me why I am an engineer," said iScholar Kendra Patton. "I remember being in their shoes, and having the opportunity to be their role model while leading the challenge was a humbling experience."

The goal of the competitions is for students to exercise their minds and creativity, just as they would their bodies. The WIC is part of the initiative outreach program sponsored by the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN).

KEEN is a collaboration of 19 universities around the U.S. that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students. KEEN's mission is to graduate engineers who will contribute to business success; and in doing so, transform the American workforce.

For more information on the Weekly Innovation Challenges, visit the Parks College website.

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