Shrewsbury Girls Introduced To Engineering At WPI

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Shalini Ambady, fourth-grader at Floral Street School in Shrewsbury, watches her windmill turn under the force of a hair dryer held by instructor Quontay Turner. Photo Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Neena Xiang, a fourth-grader at the Spring Street School in Shrewsbury, tests a windmill she constructed from paper and other components during WPI's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." Photo Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WORCESTER, Mass. — Two Shrewsbury elementary school girls participated in Worcester Polytechnic Institute's "Introduce A Girl To Engineers Day," part of National Engineering Week.

About 50 girls in Grades Three to Five attended the Feb. 19. event at the college.

Neena Xiang of Spring Street School and Shalini Ambady of Floral Street School utilized communication skills, brainstorming, and creative thinking to complete the windmill, package engineering, water filtration, and water feeder activities, according to the WPI office of multicultural affairs.

According to the National Engineers Week Foundation, "Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world."

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