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Girls Learn About Engineering At Rockwell Collins

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Rockwell Collins hosted some very excited eighth graders today.

As part of National Engineers Week more than 90 girls from corridor schools came to learn about engineering as well as participate in a hands-on activity.

Not only is it National Engineering Week, it's also Rockwell Collins 13th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering day, which is an opportunity for young girls to learn they can do anything.

It's never too early to start considering a career path.

"We're basically learning about possible fields in engineering and what engineers do and how women can be engineers, said eighth grader Elizabeth Mcdermott.

This is Rockwell Collins way of introducing these girls from Linn and Johnson County schools to the engineering.

"One of my teachers invited me to come and my dad's an engineer, said another eighth grader Ally Eipert.

"I kind of just wanted to see what engineers did, said eighth grader Callie Neighbor, and everyone in this room got a chance to experience just that by building "helping hands, a prosthetic hand that will go to people around the world who can't afford to buy one.

The girls learned that engineering is not just about making things from pieces its also about helping improve someone's life."

"Which is kind of cool because it gives you perspective. Not everyone is as lucky as us to have access to medical equipment, Mcdermott said.

Its an experience that can lead to something bigger.

Just ask Sarah Mihm, six years ago she was here building a helping hand.

Now she's here as a Rockwell Collins intern.

"It's so inspiring knowing that this really did help me become what I am today, said Mihm.

Proving that some in this room might one day be engineers.

The 90 eighth graders who showed up today got to work with female engineers.

They were also given a tour of Rockwell Collins.
 
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