Kaiya Firor of Hotchkiss recently attended the prestigious Women in Engineering (WIE) program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. More than 120 young women from 12 states were accepted into this highly competitive scholarship program. In addition, young women from England, Colombia, Chile and Bahrain participated in the program which is part of Michigan Tech's summer youth programs.
WIE is a fun and intensive weeklong look at engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials engineering. The girls explored engineering with group projects such as designing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, creating an artificial intelligence army and more. They received inside information from female role models working in engineering fields. Students accepted in the Women in Engineering program receive a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board and supplies.
In addition, the young women experienced college life by staying in residence halls, eating in university cafeterias and exploring campus life among others with similar interests. Following intensive classroom and lab experiences in the day, the girls enjoyed team competitions, a variety show and many outdoor activities in Michigan's beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula.