The objective of this event was to introduce these young minds to engineering at an early age and show them the great work that engineers do on a daily basis to make the world we live in a better place. To exemplify that idea, the students were broken up into groups and built prosthetic hands, under the guidance of their engineering mentors (volunteers), for the Helping Hands organization. This gave them exposure to the meaningful work that engineers get to do on a daily basis and deeply inspired these young girls. In addition to this fulfilling activity, the students were taken on tours of various labs and attend a speech given by some inspiring women leaders of Rockwell.
Similar events also were organized by Rockwell Collins in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tustin, Calif.; Melbourne, Fla.; Duluth, Ga.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Portland, Ore.; and Sterling, Va. We had a great representation from SWE in the event and we thank everyone who dedicated their time to this very noble but important cause. After a fun day at Rockwell Collins, the students were surveyed to be more inclined to take up a degree in STEM than they were before the event.