Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education is currently accepting registrations for its sixth Women in the Sciences and Engineering program (WISE) running August 4th - 6th. Funded by Procter and Gamble's Live, Learn, and Thrive grant that is offering 12 young women a chance into the program at no cost on a first come, first served basis. Students are asked to request a teacher's recommendation for entry into the program.
This three day camp, on Building Your Own mBot will be taught under the leadership of Timothy Sichler, a Penn State instructor of engineering. The program is open to young women currently entering grades sixth through eighth in the fall and will be held on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus. During this three-day program, the students will learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, essential skills for success by assembling the mBot from a kit, and program it to carry out several basic tasks. The mBots will stay with their builders at the end of the program. The WISE program will also hear from Penn State Wilkes-Barre Career Services Coordinator, Maureen Ciliberto on career guidance resources and how to explore career opportunities in the fields of science, engineering, math, and technology.
Created at Penn State in 1994, the WISE Institute represents an innovative approach to cross-disciplinary interaction among engineers, humanists, scientists, and social scientists to promote the representation and diversity of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The primary mission of the Wise Institute is to facilitate the entry and success of women in STEM fields in an environment promoting gender equity by: coordinating efforts throughout Penn State; creating opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds to thrive in STEM fields; mentoring individuals; and promoting institutional and cultural change.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide.