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Society of Women Engineers at NJIT Hosts Second Annual STEM Outreach Event

NJIT President Joel S. Bloom joined the Society of Women Engineers at NJIT for their second annual STEM outreach event on April 2, 2014.

The Society of Women Engineers at NJIT hosted their second annual “Wow! That’s Engineering!” outreach event on April 2, 2014.  The event, titled “Inventing the Future,” was funded by ExxonMobil and the national SWE through an award of more than $3,000 to the NJIT SWE.

In addition to “Inventing the Future,” during the 2013-14 academic year NJIT SWE has organized three other outreach events in collaboration with the Chatham School District, NJIT Education Day, and the Murray Center for Women in Technology's overnight program. The outreach events and award are part of NJIT SWE’s continued goal of increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) awareness among young females.  

Led by Noor Aly, Masroor Khan, and Amisha Desai, undergraduate outreach coordinator, president, and vice-president, respectively, the NJIT SWE team hosted 41 ninth- and tenth-grade female students of the all-girl Saint Vincent Academy in Newark, NJ. NJIT SWE executive board members (undergraduate and graduate) and volunteers helped students engage in various fun, STEM-related hands-on activities aimed to promote areas such as chemical, electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering. These activities included preparing silly putty and organic lip gloss, making simple motors, and building bridges with chairs, cardboard, and ropes.