Engineering Challenge

The Air Zoo, in partnership with the

Society of Women Engineers

is proud to present the 2019 Corporate Engineering Challenge! 

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 9am-3pm

This event is open to girls ages 9-12 and is designed to introduce young girls to engineering concepts through “hands on” activities, talks with female engineers, and collaboration on a challenge team. Thanks to the support of our corporate sponsors, this event is free to the participants.  

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Did you know?

Although they make up more than half the population, in 2012, only 19.2% of Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering were presented to women*  *NSF, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Completions Survey, 2002‐2012

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How do we encourage more girls to pursue careers in engineering?





The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers females of all ages to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and be recognized for their life‐changing contributions as engineers and leaders. In order to improve these statistics, SWE offers an array of outreach activities to inspire girls to explore careers in engineering or other technical fields.

For this reason the South Central Michigan Section of SWE and the Air Zoo are extremely pleased to present the 2019 Corporate Engineering Challenge again in February of 2019!



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The Event has two main components:

1)  Display stations sponsored by local companies. Each station will include a demonstration of products and/or services the company provides as well as an engineering, science, or math activity for attendees to complete. Ideally, these activities will reflect work done at the company. These stations will be open to any member of the public who has paid admission to visit the Air Zoo that day as well as the girls participating in the challenge.

2) A CHALLENGE activity in the afternoon, where teams of 6-8 girls (ages 9-12) complete a technical challenge and compete against opposing teams. Last year’s challenge was construction of a airplane to explore principles of flight. Each team is associated with a sponsoring company and led by a representative from that company.


Sign-in for girls participating in the challenge will be 8:30 - 9am, followed by visits to company displays.

Challenge teams will then have lunch with female engineers who will discuss their careers and why they chose engineering, then work on an engineering project followed by the official competition. Members of the winning team receive awesome prizes.children wearing green shirts and a medal around their neck

The 2019 SWE Challenge is now full.

All young ladies being registered from this point on will be placed on the standby list and will be notified if/when space becomes available. Please complete the registration form so that we can contact you if a spot becomes available. Thank you!

Thank you sponsors!

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