October 20th Meeting

This was our third member meeting. We did a quick review of the Design Process to catch everyone up. We had two amazing women, Teresa and Stacey, join our meeting. Both Teresa and Stacey utilize wheelchairs for mobility and Stacey brought her service dog. Teresa and Stacey provided information about their needs to be able to access a doggie treat dispenser and the girls shared their thoughts about their own designs and asked some great questions. This interactive conversation provided the girls with feedback to incorporate back into their designs. After the Q&A portion of the meeting, the Student Officers suggested and facilitated combining the smaller teams into a large group for collaboration and share ideas as they continue the design process. It was so great to see the girls energized and excited about the project after meeting Teresa & Stacey! Our mentors continue to help guide and answer questions as well. For access to the project outline and requirements, click on this: "Doggie Treat Dispenser". 

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Thank you Teresa and Stacey (and Cavalier too) for joining us!

Field Trip to ViaSat Inc. on September 29th

 The “Point & Peak” activity provided students an opportunity to connect the antennas (dish) on the ground and communicate with a working ViaSat satellite in space.

The “Point & Peak” activity provided students an opportunity to connect the antennas (dish) on the ground and communicate with a working ViaSat satellite in space.

High school girls visited Viasat Inc. last Friday for their annual Tech Trek event designed to provide a fun and engaging experience to explore STEM career opportunities within a prominent global communications company. Students enjoyed hands-on activities including "Point & Peak" (pictured here), binary bracelets and networking with the STEM professionals of ViaSat. Thank you to ViaSat for providing this event to excite the next generation of girls to consider a career in global communications!

September 22nd Meeting

This was our second member meeting. We shared where we are at with the project and some of the challenges encountered so far. We discussed slowing down the project and reviewing the Design Process and how to apply it to the Doggie Treat Dispenser project. Each team was provided with a handout to build a “blue print”. Our mentors brought a variety of materials to sift through to help each us determine what we might want to use for our dispenser. We continued to work on our designs to create a prototype and assess current design. For girls still in need of access to the project outline and requirements, click on this: "Doggie Treat Dispenser". 

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The Design Process is an Iterative Process

NOTE: A second mentor workshop available for students on October 11th; email sent with additional information.

Next meeting is October 20th from 10:30am-noon at the Microsoft Store - Park Meadows. We will continue to work on our prototypes and consider mechanical and electronic control options.

Kick-Off 2018-19

It was so great to see familiar faces from last year and all the new faces joining our high school chapter this year!  We spent some time getting to know each other and then dove right into our Assistive Technology Project to design a "Doggie Treat Dispenser".  This project was presented as a 3-Phase project structured to provide a good understanding of what bioengineering encompasses in a fun, creative way.



Mandy Perras discussing her undergraduate degree in bioengineering






Meet our Professionals

MS/BS Bioengineering Student:  Mandy Perras; LinkedIN profile

Family Physician and Population Health Practitioner:  Alicen Nelson; LinkedIN profile

Meet our Mentors

Vanessa Martin-Wegryn - Mechanical Engineer

Emily Jaeger - Civil Engineer

Kamee Florendo - Mechanical Engineer

Kristi Steinhilber - Meteorologist


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Medical Field Trip

Exploring a career in medicine is a member favorite!  We visited Mountain Vista OBGYN on Feb. 16th to meet 3 amazing, passionate Doctors providing women's health care; Dr. Newell, Dr. Nelson & Dr. Kumar.  We toured the office, explored an exam room including tools the doctors use everyday.  To top it off,  we met one of the doctor's unborn baby via ultrasound and used the heart monitor to hear the baby's heartbeat - amazing to say the least!

The Doctors sat with us over lunch and shared their insight and stories of what we might consider when working towards our undergraduate degree, graduate degree, taking the MCAT and applying for residency.  We couldn't have asked for a better experience!

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Engineering Field Trip

On February 6th we visited Burns & McDonnell and met professional women engineers and scientists working in the energy, oil & gas, construction, manufacturing and transportation industries - just to name a few!  Sometimes when we think about engineering we think about robotics and technology but it's so much more!  We learned what it means to improve the environment and water sources, improving manufacturing processes and efficiency, how buildings require civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and structural engineers.

We were given a fun rover design challenge.  We built a prototype and then made modifications to see how much load it could carry and how far it could go.  We learned a little about the engineering process.  Sometimes we find out what we think is the obvious design modification doesn't always work the way you think - design and engineering is an iterative process!

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Forensic Engineering

Today we assembled in the "SYNK" Room at the local STEM HS in Highlands Ranch to talk about Forensic Engineering.  We interacted with a panel of professional engineers and scientists who are working in this exciting industry and how their investigative work applies across multiple industries; i.e. consumer electronics, healthcare, food & beverage, etc.  The panel also shared what a typical day might look like for each of them including; field investigation, lab work and being an expert witness in a court of law - exciting!

Meet the Panel

Josie Nusz - Denver, CO

Nicoli Ames - Denver, CO

Sarah Easley - Menlo Park, CA

Myra Dyer - Atlanta, GA

Susan Bomba - Oakland, CA

Jericho Moll - Boston, MA


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Coding Seminar

First, let's take the temperature of the room:

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Tell us in the comments:

What problem would you try to solve through an original app? How would it work?

Code challenge:

Write a program that asks for a number (integer) and tells you if it's negative, positive, or zero. Post the link to your repl.it solution in the comments below!

University of Denver (DU) Campus Tour & Panel Discussion

We had so much FUN touring the University of Denver (DU) campus and getting a sneak peek into the life of a DU college student.  

We also met 4 intelligent and accomplished young women who are in their 2nd & 3rd year of studies at DU.  These young women shared invaluable information about navigating college life in balance with a STEM major.  If you would like to follow-up with any of these amazing ladies, their emails are as follows:


Alyssa:  visits@du.edu

Maddie Nilan:  madeline.nilan@du.edu

Toni Dunlap:  toni.dunlap@du.edu

Hannah Eslinger:  han.eslinger@gmail.com

Lets talk about the "M" in STEM!

Thank you Allison Lewis (OppenheimerFunds) for sharing your story with us!  We enjoyed hearing about what a career in business and finance looks like and having you launch our Investment Activity for the fall semester.  Teams are as follows:

Team 1:  Madison + Grace + Neisha + Ryan

Team 2:  Lillian + Sabine + Joanne + Lexus

Team 3:  Sravani + Emma + Anastasia + Ashley

Team 4:  Kathryn + Haylee + Melanie + Callan + Maydha

Team 5:   Alana + Adriana + Ava + Valaire + Azra

HS Members, you should have received the Investment Activity Document and Trading Form at the meeting.  These forms have been emailed to you as well. 

Allison will be monitoring this blog to answer your questions so please take advantage of this tool!  You can also contact her directly at alewis@ofiglobal.com

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