Girls4Science engineering event gives students insight

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Girls4Science engineering event gives students an inside look

Published: February 2, 2015.

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lewis University recently partnered with University Advancement to host Girls4Science, an engineering event with more than 100 girls from grades six through 12 in attendance.

The Jan. 24 event gave the participants a chance to learn about various aspects of robotics, including electric motors, electric power sources, programming, 3D printing, construction techniques, wiring and design. The girls were divided into four groups of about 25 students, and rotated through four different activities, including a campus tour.

Dr. Cindy Howard, assistant professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, led an activity in which the girls learned the basics of computer programming using Finches and a graphical programming language called Snap. Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, guided an activity where the participants made their own electric motor using a battery, a wood screw, a rare earth magnet and a strand of wire. He demonstrated how to create a light show with an LED, and how to power the motor and LED with a solar cell. Dr. Dana Dominiak, assistant professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, explained how 3D printers work and how they are revolutionizing the way things are built.

The event concluded with a demonstration of a 3D-printed robotic hand that Lewis Computer Science students made last year. Several students helped with the day, including Marissa Gonzales, who served as photographer.

ďIt was a great opportunity to introduce girls to the wonderful fields of Computer Science and Engineering, and it is part of our ongoing effort to bring more women to today's most influential fields,Ē Klump said.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. Itís also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available.

In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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