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Families Have Fun with Engineering

Beverly Park students and families build a structure using dry spaghetti.
Beverly Park students and families build a structure using dry spaghetti.
 
Students and families flexed their engineering muscles during a series of seven family nights hosted by Techbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls in science, technology, and engineering.

Students and their families participated in activities that encourage the use of engineering skills. In Spaghetti Tower and Balloon Tower, students were given a limited amount of supplies and encouraged to work with their families to build tall structures.

Hazel Valley students and families build a structure using balloons.
Hazel Valley students and families build a structure using balloons.
In Mentos Challenge students were instructed to create a device to deposit a Mentos candy into a Coke can as quickly as possible.

“Families thoroughly enjoyed working with their daughters and families,” said Elizabeth Pauley Hodges, Techbridge of Greater Seattle Executive Director. “One family expressed that it was great to just sit down and spend time with their daughter in a learning activity."

In October, Techbridge and Highline announced a partnership to engage young female students in science, technology, and engineering learning. Through hands-on activities, role models, and career exploration, Techbridge is working with female students at five elementary schools and two middle schools.

Techbridge will host additional family nights at Highline schools in the spring.