SWEET! Students to expose middle schoolers to engineering

Exterior of Science and Engineering Building

MACON — Mercer University engineering students will offer middle schoolers the chance to learn about engineering in a series of one-day workshops to be held March 23 and 24 in Mercer’s Engineering Building, 1550 College St., Macon.

The workshops are hosted by Mercer’s student chapter of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and its Society of Women Engineers: Engineers in Training (SWEET) Program.

“The SWEET Workshop Series is a great opportunity for our Mercer engineering students to engage the local community and next generation in the engineering field,” said Dr. Sarah Bauer, assistant professor of environmental engineering, co-faculty advisor for SWE and director of the SWEET Program. “Run by current engineering students, middle-school participants will learn firsthand what engineering is, what engineers do and what career pathways are possible through engaging in hands-on engineering activities.”

All current middle school students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in one of two, five-hour workshops. Led by SWE members, the workshop will focus on hands-on engineering activities designed to cultivate young students’ interest in engineering, expose participants to the wide range of engineering career paths and allow participants to interact with current engineering students, faculty and engineers currently working in the industry.

The first workshops will be held Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Mercer’s Engineering Building, 1550 College St., Macon. Future workshops are planned for May and August.

The SWEET workshops are made possible by the Engineering Information Foundation (EIF). The workshops are free, and the deadline to register is March 9. For more information, please contact SWEET’s Faculty Advisor, Dr. Sarah Bauer at bauer_sk@mercer.edu.