Source: Yasche Glass, 785-532-6088, glassy@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/grow

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

Time to GROW: Workshop for middle school girls explores universal design

MANHATTAN -- Scientists and engineers are some of the first to create products and improve medical treatments to assist people with disabilities. To demonstrate to young women the role they can play in universal design, the GROW, or Girls Researching Our World, program at Kansas State University will host "Helping Hands."

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Fiedler Hall. Sessions will focus on how scientists and engineers can make life easier for people with disabilities.

Open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls, the event will consist of small groups of girls, chaperoned by university students, performing hands-on activities emphasizing functioning with disabilities, the therapeutic benefits of horticulture, designing a universal playground and more.

Registration deadline is Feb. 15 or until the event is full. Cost is $20 and includes all supplies and lunch. Teachers are also invited to attend with their students to observe the activities, which will take place at various locations on campus. For additional information, call Yasche Glass, program coordinator for the K-State office for the advancement of women in science and engineering, at 785-532-6088 or visit the program's website at http://www.k-state.edu/grow.

The GROW Program is funded by the K-State provost's office and the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences and Engineering. It is designed to introduce middle school girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields.