Thursday, March 6, 2014

Passion + Purpose = Student Success

The University of Texas’ Engineering College opened its doors to 40 Westwood Elementary School fifth-graders recently as part of the Austin college's "Girls in Engineering Day at UT-Austin."

The fifth-graders explored the college campus on Feb. 22 and explored the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math as potential areas of study and for future career opportunities. UT-Austin engineering professors and students organized rotating activities as part of the special interest day.

These included college classroom demonstrations and a variety of student activities. Women remain underrepresented in STEM profession fields and careers.

The student and educator response to this amazing experience reminded many that when passion is combined with purpose, anything can be achieved. "I know that I liked science and math before, but now I really like it!" one Westwood Elementary fifth-grader was heard to exclaim.

Hearing those kind of comments from the girls validated our reason to attend those kind of events.

Trip underwriters for Austin travel trip were ExxonMobil, AMEC Paragon, and The ACE Program at Westwood. Trip chaperones included school i-Coach Olga Miles, fifth-grade science teachers Joanne Lim and Nelda Delarosa, administrative assistants Celia Silva and Cynthia Sanchez, and Westwood parent Edilsa Garcia.

We're on the road to achieving Spring Branch T-2-4#DreamBig#AchieveBig


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