Girls Inc. 2015 SMART Program
About the program
The Girls Inc. SMART Program is a 8 week program that introduces young girls aged 11-14 to different engineering disciplines. SMART stands for Science, Math And Relevant Technology.
The program is hosted by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and coordinated by BrainSTEM Alliance.
In this year's program we introduced for the first time a session on web development where the girls designed their own HTML websites.
Click the links below to view their self-made websites:
Summary of Sessions
At the 2015 program there were 8 sessions:
- Students watched videos on different types of engineering.
- Students made newspaper towers to learn about project management
- Students used the engineering design process to create devices to prevent an egg from breaking when dropped.
- Students learned about forces and simple machines
- Students applied knowledge to create rube goldberg machines
- Here is an example of what a rube goldberg machine is: Goldie Blox Rube Goldberg Machine
- Students learned about stable structures and triangles as strong shapes
- Students applied learning to build a geodesic dome
- Students used the engineering design process to create a marshmallow tower.
- Students learned about circuits and circuit diagrams.
- Students measured the resistance of circuits
- Students applied learning to build an operation game.
- Students did chemical experiments to make candy, slime and recycled paper.
- Students learned about process engineering and 'scale-up'
- Students drew their own process flow diagrams (PFDs) for their experiments.
- Students watched a video on the oil sands
- Students did a scavenger hunt through the Oil Sands Discovery Centre to learn more about oil sands
- Students did an experiment to extract oil from oil sand and drew a PFD for the process.
- Students learned about industrial engineering and made candy bags using an assembly line.
- Students used knowledge from electrical engineering to make paper jack-o-lanterns
- Students learned about vibrations and turning kinetic energy to sound energy with 'screaming balloons'
Computer Science & Web Development
- Students learned basic html and made their own webpages.
- Students used block programming language to learn the basics of code.
- Some resources we used were: SublimeText, CodePen, Scratch and Code.org
To view photos of all of the weeks' sessions see this link: Dropbox Folder