Engineering students serve as mentors for local Girl Scouts

Campbell School of Engineering hosted 135 Girl Scouts from the North Carolina Coastal Pines Council for Engineering Day on March 16. Twenty Campbell Engineering students served as mentors for the day.

Attendees first learned about the engineering design process, then participated in a variety of hands-on engineering activities that let them put into practice what they had just learned. Activities included the Jelly Bean Estimation, Tall Tower Challenge, Newspaper Chairs, Nano Bugs, Foil Boats and Paper Chain projects. At lunch, the participating Girl Scouts enjoyed piazza and a visit from Campbell’s new mascot Gladys. Participating GirlScouts earned their Engineering Journey badge after completing the day’s engineering activities. This is the second year that Campbell School of Engineering has partnered with the Coastal Pines Council to host Engineering Day.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring these Girl Scouts to campus to learn about engineering and experience the fun of hands-on design, Engineering Dean Jenna Carpenter said. “As a former Girl Scout myself, I understand the positive impact that these types of experiences have and the importance of our awesome Engineering majors who serve as great role models for these Girl Scouts.”

Engineering Student Success Specialist Martha Bizzell organized the day’s activities and noted, “The Girl Scouts had an exciting day, interacting with our Engineering students and attacking a variety of hands-on, team-based challenges as the girls applied the engineering design process. Many of these girls will make excellent future engineers and problem-solvers.”