Inspiring young minds, one STEM at a time


May 7, 2015

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering paired up with The Carnegie Science Center’s Tour Your Future program to encourage young girls to study the STEM disciplines. Science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, are growing areas of interest for all school-aged students.

To help inspire the young minds, Professor Diana Marculescu hosted a weekend event for the Tour Your Future program. Tour Your Future is a career exploration program for girls that give tweens and teens, ages 11-17, an opportunity to meet female professionals who work in various organizations. The program shows girls that they can find a place in science by introducing them to diverse STEM careers.

The program manager, Nina Barbuto, finds it inspiring to introduce young girls to the sciences. “Tweens and teens relate to people that they find similarities with. When teen girls are presented with the image of a scientist that looks like an older male in a white lab coat, they tend to not see science as a potential career. It’s our goal to help open up their perception of what they can be by introducing the girls to awesome women in STEM,” Ms. Barbuto said.

While on campus, ten girls from school districts in and around Pittsburgh met with Professor Diana Marculescu, and ECE Ph.D. students Ermao Cai and Zhuo Chen. After discussing what it’s like to work in the engineering discipline, the students were led through a hands-on activity working with electrical circuits that illustrated simple open or closed circuit operation with resistors and color LEDs. The session covered principles of energy dissipation in computing systems with real life examples and experiments. 

"I chose to do math and science because of an inspiring and wonderful math teacher I had in middle school,” Marculescu said. “I’m excited to think that the time I spent with these girls may help them make the same choice sometime down the line!"

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