Purdue University students help kids become future inovators


3 PURDUE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARE HELPING KIDS BECOME FUTURE INNOVATORS.NEW 18’S KIYERRA LAKE REPORTS WHY THEY SAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO STEM FIELDS.#@THE IMAGINATION STATION REACHED MAXIMUM CAPACITY SUNDAY, GIVING STUDENTS AND PARENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT ENGINEERING CAREERS.HARRIS: “THE WHOLE PIPELINE OF ENGINEERING STARTS AT A REALLY YOUNG AGE AND UNFORTUNATELY, SO MANY KIDS AREN’T EXPOSED IN LIKE THIRD GRADE OR FOURTH GRADE TO ENGINEERING AND LIKE THAT AS A DISCIPLINE.” INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING STUDENT GEORGE HARRIS WANTS TO HELP CHANGE THAT.HARRIS: “SO WE START PEOPLE SUPER EARLY, GET THEM FIRED UP, YA KNOW, ABOUT ENGINEERING SO THAT, YA KNOW, IN THE FUTURE THEY CAN PURSUE THAT AS A CAREER.”THE EVENT WAS HOSTED BY PURDUE’S NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS AND MINORITY ENGINEERING PROGRAM.CLOSE TO 180 PEOPLE REGISTERED FOR THE EVENT AND FAITH BROTHERS WAS GLAD SHE CAME.”PURDUE IS RIGHT TO DO THIS BECAUSE KIDS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS AND TO HELP PEOPLE AND TO INVENT NEW THINGS.”STUDENTS GOT A CHANCE TO BUILD A ROCKET WHILE PARENTS LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE STEM FIELDS IN AN INFORMATION SESSION.”KIDS HAVE THE IMAGINATIONS TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN AND WE WANT TO TAP INTO AND WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE THEM EARLY, GET THEM EXCITED AND THEIR PARENTS.”VIRGINIA BOOTH WOMACK SAYS A PARENT’S ROLE IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION IS CRITICAL, ESPECIALLY IN STEM FIELDS.”WE ALSO HAVE PROGRAM AT PURDUE FOR PARENTS TO KEEP THEM ENGAGED TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW HOW TO INTERVENE IF THEY NEED TO, IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION.” THOSE WHO WENT TO THE EVENT GOT FREE TICKETS TO GO SEE HIDDEN FIGURES.WOMACK SAYS THE MOVIE HAS A GREAT MEANINGFUL MESSAGE.”NO MATTER WHAT YOUR OBSTACLES ARE, YOU CAN OVERCOME THEM AND YOU CAN BE A PHENOMENAL ENGINEER.” REPORTING IN LAFAYETTE KIYERRA

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