Directly following the December 14th MSOE Open House, MSOE SWE hosted their annual Hands On Future event for prospective female students. The event was sponsored by John Deere Horicon Works.
This half-day event allows interested female students to explore different MSOE majors through hands-on activities with MSOE professors and students. The day also allows them to interact with current MSOE female students to gain information from engineering courses to life on MSOE's campus. Hands on Future also displays one of the organizations on MSOE's campus, Society of Women Engineers, and encourages them to consider joining student organizations when attending MSOE.
The afternoon began with Engineering Olympics, consisting of several hands on activities such as building a tower to support a tennis ball with miscellaneous building materials and creating parachutes to sustain the longest hang time. The top designs in the different activities won prizes donated by the MSOE Bookstore. SWE members assisted with these activities while families got to know other prospective students and have some engineering fun!
The next portion of the afternoon allowed groups to split off into different engineering major sessions. Each session had hands on activities related to the major as well as a professor and students from the specific major.
The following majors were represented at the event:
Computer Engineering / Software Engineering
Architectural Engineering/Civil Engineering
Dinner and Speaker
The afternoon ended with a spaghetti dinner to network with MSOE SWE members and other invited professors. The group was also privileged to have Steve Salters, the head of Project Lead the Way-Wisconsin, speak. From the feedback gathered, everyone found the experience extremely valuable and some said it really helped with their decision on choosing MSOE. MSOE SWE hope to continue and grow this event in the future.
For more pictures, check out our Facebook page in upcoming weeks!