Women in Engineering (WIE) Day is a free workshop designed to introduce students to engineering and computer science concepts.
Each year, high school students are asked to complete a design challenge using everyday objects to learn teamwork, problem-solving, communication, testing, and design process skills.
Computer Science Challenge Activity
Try this hands-on activity to find out how fun computer science actually is!
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.