Friday, January 23, 2015


January 23, 2015


MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                   

Contact:  Jessica Frichtel, (619) 894-4983




WHAT: The School of Engineering, Innovation and Design (EID) at Kearny High is hosting a Girls in Engineering event to inspire middle school girls to explore and experience the design process through engineering and architecture.


WHEN:  Saturday, January 24 (rain or shine)

·         8-9 a.m. –           Student registration

·         9:15-9:45 a.m. – Opening remarks, EID Vice Principal and students

·         9:45-10 a.m. --   Remarks from Sherri Lightner, San Diego Councilmember

·         10-11 a.m. –       Parent meeting and information session

·         10 a.m.-Noon – Students participate in engineering activities 

·         Noon-1 p.m. –    Lunch, winners announced, prizes awarded


WHERE:      7651 Wellington Street, SD (Linda Vista) 92111.

                     Media parking will be available in main lot. 

                        School phone:  (858) 496-8370, ext. 2300    

School website:


VISUALS:  Students building a structure or mechanism that:

  • Moves an item from A to B without human contact
  • Lifts an object as high as you can while maintaining safety and balance
  • Drops an object
  • Swings an object
  • Includes a zipline
  • Incorporates a balloon


GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS:  Students, faculty, and administrators of EID.  (Spanish as well)


BACKGROUND: Middle school girls from neighboring schools will have the opportunity to explore the design process through engineering and architecture at the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation, and Design at the Kearny Educational Complex.  The event will kick off with remarks from Councilmember Sherri Lightner who was a female engineer before her political career.


Students will participate in a Rube Goldberg competition utilizing the six simple machines in a not so simple compound machine that meets objectives given. They will work in teams of five middle school girls, one EID high school girl mentor, and an engineer mentor from either SDSU, UCSD or SDGE.


Michelle Bunn from Project Lead the Way will speak with interested parents about the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the program at EID and San Diego State University.  She will also address career opportunities for women in engineering career pathways.  The MOU between EID and San Diego State University includes guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering if a student progresses successfully through specific courses and completes the additional parameters of the agreement.


According to the US Department of Commerce, over the past 10 years, growth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs.  STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts.  Although women make up nearly half of the working population, they remain underrepresented in STEM occupations.  Women with STEM jobs earned 33% more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs – considerable higher than the STEM premium for men.  As a result, the gender wage gap is smaller in STEM jobs than in non-STEM jobs.  Women hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in engineering.


The engineering and architecture programs at the School of Engineering, Innovation, & Design is supported in the district by the Office of College, Career & Technical Education.


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