February 27, 2024

Em(power)ing the Next Generation of Engineers at UT Girl Day

Cleary Zimmermann’s Women in Engineering group showcased their teaching skills this past weekend by hosting a demonstration at UT Girl Day!

Women in STEM at The University of Texas at Austin hosted more than 9,000 children from cities across the state and beyond at the 23rd annual STEM Girl Day at UT Austin on Saturday, February 24th.

Our engineers hosted an engaging activity called ‘Connect and Chill,’ where students created a simple circuit, connected to a fan to chill the air. The attendees had a great opportunity to *chill out* and explore the basics of electrical and mechanical engineering.

Check out what each of our engineers have to say about their experience:

I found it incredibly encouraging to see how excited these young girls were to learn, understand, and actively participate in our activity. What made me smile too was when the parents would get into it as well, it’s very comforting to know these girls have people in their lives to support and encourage them to follow their interests. – Avery Pietrowiak, EIT, Mechanical Engineer
Priscilla Nkosi, Electrical Engineer, Amber Gass, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer | PM, and Maesan Carley, PE, Mechanical Engineer
We had the opportunity to customize the presentation for each group. It’s a real test of your own knowledge to simplify concepts for younger participants and then transition back to a more advanced level. Regardless of the age group, I was impressed by the kiddos’ enthusiasm, their eagerness to learn and explore, and their depth of knowledge. – Brookell Nobles, EIT, Mechanical Engineer

It was exciting to see the “faces of wonder” when their electrical and mechanical engineer activities were successful! – Amber Gass, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer | Project Manager

Women in Engineers group providing guidance to the students and parents regarding the activity

Empowering younger girls by showcasing an activity that relates to what we do and witnessing their joy in recreating it, is both fulfilling and inspiring. – Jocelyn Moreno, Electrical Engineer

Growing up in Austin, I visited UT Girl Day myself 20 years ago in my early school years. I have very vivid memories of being encouraged to be curious and ask question. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation. – Maesan Carley, PE, Mechanical Engineer

Students and their parents were wowed by our engineers’ demonstration.

One student even expressed that it was “the best STEM activity I have EVER done!” A parent also came up to one of the engineers explaining, “I expect we will be replicating this activity at home in the next few weeks.”

At UT Girl Day, attendees didn’t just gain insights into mechanical and electrical engineering—they left filled with determination and inspiration, thanks to the enthusiasm of our engineers! We look forward to seeing them thrive as the next wave of Austin MEP engineers!