Women in Engineering (WIE) Day is a free workshop designed to introduce students to engineering and computer science concepts.
Students participate in a hands-on design challenge using everyday objects to build their teamwork, problem-solving, communication, testing, and design process skills.
2021 Activity: Build a Raft
This year, participants will get an inside look at how engineers design life-saving devices that change the world every day.
When natural disaster strikes, the clock is ticking for survival! Torrential rains have struck our town, the streets are flooding fast, and it’s up to us to get everyone evacuated as quickly and safely as possible.
Together, we will design mini life rafts using limited materials. Working against budget and time constraints, we will challenge ourselves to think outside the box and show off our engineering skills to overcome this natural disaster.
Check out the University of Idaho College of Engineering Virtual Tour to learn more about the labs and facilities you will use as a student here!
Fall 2020 — “Computer Science” Challenge
The challenge for WIE Day 2020 is still online, check it out!
Fall 2019 — “A Zombie Got My Leg” Challenge
The challenge for WIE Day 2019 asked students to come up with new solutions using everyday materials to design and build a prosthetic leg.
Students act as engineers during an imaginary disaster in which a group member's leg was amputated in order to survive a zombie attack.
Teams designed and fabricated a replacement prosthetic limb using given specific starting material and limited additional supplies, similar to how engineers design for individuals while working within constraints.
Prototypes were tested against required specifications.
A presentation following the challenge covered new innovations in prosthetic technology from a biomedical and robotic standpoint as well as research going on right now in the U of I College of Engineering.