Rowan College of Engineering welcomes middle school girls to annual AWE summer workshops

Rowan College of Engineering welcomes middle school girls to annual AWE summer workshops


Rowan University invites middle school-aged girls currently in sixth, seventh and eighth grades to Attracting Women into Engineering (AWE), a program designed to expose them to the broad field of engineering, on July 24, 25 or 26. The workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rowan Hall on Rowan’s Glassboro campus. Girls may participate in one of the three one-day sessions, selecting their preferred date when registering.

According to Melanie Basantis, Rowan’s engineering outreach director and AWE program director, the one-day workshop provides an overview of engineering and what engineers do, along with hands-on, project-based learning in the engineering labs.

During AWE, participants will work with and learn from Henry M. College of Engineering students during workshops that focus on hands-on engineering laboratory experiments, team building with like-minded students, communication and networking with current engineering students as well as a tour of the engineering buildings’ labs and facilities. Participants will explore engineering fundamentals while enjoying such projects as making concrete canoes and building and launching water bottle rockets. The girls also will be exposed to how engineers assist underdeveloped regions obtain safe drinking water through Rowan’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders™.

The non-refundable workshop fee is $50 for one day, and a pizza lunch will be provided.

For 20 years, Rowan has offered the AWE workshops each summer, in part to help stem the decline in middle school females’ self-esteem as they enter adolescence and combat the trend of gender inequality in technology.

Numerous Rowan AWE participants have pursued engineering, and many have attended Rowan’s College of Engineering, crediting their initial interest in engineering to the AWE program.

For more information on AWE, visit, or contact Kathy Urbano at or 856-256-5309. Applications are limited and the deadline to register is June 1, 2018