Sixteen students from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) have achieved something that less than one-half of 1% of test takers achieve. These students earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Inspiring virtually – Tesla STEM’s IM.A.G.IN.E club reaches more than 240 students to demonstrate engineering principals
When the going gets tough, the tough…move to a virtual setting. That is what Nikola Tesla STEM’s IM.A.G.IN.E club had to do this year for a recent outreach event. IM.A.G.IN.E, or “I’m a girl in engineering,” virtually hosted more than 240 young female students from across the district on February 5. The students ranged in age between six and 13 years old. The event was centered around explaining how to apply engineering concepts to real life projects. The main project was describing the engineering process in building balloon powered toy cars and paper bridges with pennies. The event was an engaging, interactive experience as many students were asking questions throughout the presentation.
The IM.A.G.IN.E club started as an outreach program with a goal of encouraging more girls to consider careers in core engineering fields through hands on activities. In the process, the program also helps build girls’ confidence in their engineering abilities. IM.A.G.IN.E targets third through eighth grade girls because the group believes they are more impressionable. They feel they can foster interest and confidence from this age group and the program can enable them to apply these qualities by the time they get to high school.
The co-founders of the club are Supriya Baskar, Shrilekha Bhat and Olivia Facq. Those three seniors as well as Dhriti Roy, Brooke North, Eleanor Marso and Sophia Rodriguez make up this year’s club membership.