Girls Night Out at the Pacific Science Center

 Structural engineer, Marsha Swatosh, tests straw structures on SEAW's shake table.

Structural engineer, Marsha Swatosh, tests straw structures on SEAW's shake table.

The Pacific Science Center organized a “Girl’s Night Out” event to encourage young girls to pursue a future in engineering. The science center screened the IMAX movie “Dream Big” and then held a Q&A panel featuring four women engineers, one of which was Outreach committee member Laura Lindeman. The event finished off with hands on activities for the girls. At our booth, the kids created buildings out of straws and tape. We tested the structural stability of the buildings with our new shake table which simulates real earthquake ground motions. Some of these structures really blew us away; the future of engineering is in good hands with these girls!