EcoCAR and SWE: Guiding girls to green and gold
During National Engineers Week, Wayne State University’s Hybrid Warriors teamed up with its school’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. As part of the February 21 FutureSWE event, parents of girls in eighth through 12th grade were greeted with a presentation and a tour of the Hybrid Warriors garage.
Project Manager Ali Hussein gave parents insight to the EcoCAR3 competition, the team’s Chevrolet Camaro, and life as a student engineer on the WSU campus. The interactive presentation provoked parents to ask questions regarding the responsibilities of the student engineers in the competition. Other inquiries from parents varied from WSU’s engineering programs to how their daughter could be involved with the EcoCAR3 competition. The high school parents were most interested in the Camaro itself and were grateful for the opportunity to see the car.
During Hussein’s presentation and tour, student engineers worked on the Camaro and were available for parents to questions about their work and experience in the competition.
“It was very exciting to meet with the parents and to showcase our project to them,” Hussein said. “The parents asked a lot of interesting questions and they were interested in the program. It's important for them to understand all the great benefits that EcoCAR brings to the table because a program like EcoCAR can only succeed with a continuous influx of students eager to become the engineers of the future.”
Contact: Kim Gallagher, WSU EcoCAR3 Communications Manager