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Chicago-area Students Gather at McCormick for Career Day for Girls

Middle school and high school girls designed devices, visited labs, and learned about what engineers do.

More than 360 Chicago-area middle school and high school girls gathered at Northwestern University on February 22 for the 43rd annual Career Day for Girls. The career and educational workshop hosted by the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and its chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is designed to encourage young women to consider engineering in their education and career choices. 

Girls listened to a keynote by Catherine Hurley, the sustainable programs coordinator for the city of Evanston, and participated in a design competition, where teams of eight used a fork, wire hanger, and rubber bands to build a prototype of a newspaper delivery device that can ensure consistent delivery of a sponge into a hula hoop. 

Students also visited McCormick labs to learn about research happening at the school, including prosthetics that change the lives of patients at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, how researchers isolate fruit DNA from a banana, and the latest technology in 3-D printing.

Video by Rob Hart.