DOWNEY – With only 15 percent of all engineering jobs occupied by women, Downey Unified has provided an opportunity for female students to fill this need and be more successful post-graduation by continuing to expand a female-focused engineering program, Femineers, throughout the district.
In partnership with Cal Poly Pomona’s Women in Engineering Program, the Femineers program has been put into place at all four middle schools and two comprehensive high schools within Downey Unified to provide more of an opportunity for these young women to learn firsthand what a career in engineering would encompass.
On March 23, the first Femineers Gala was hosted by Warren High School where the work of Downey Unified’s middle school Femineers was showcased. This inaugural event brought over 300 people in attendance to see what these more than 140 young future female engineers have been diligently focused on this school year.
This gala was comprised of a runway show with wearable technology and moveable designs located in areas around the room. The wearable technology, modeled and sewn by the Femineers themselves, were created using conductive thread to light up different pieces of garments and accessories. Movable designs were also created by the Femineers after only being given motors, sensors and a circuit board.
“We are very proud that Downey Unified is represented so thoroughly within the Femineers program,” stated Downey Unified School District’s Director of CTE and STEM, Phil Davis. “We are also proud of the high interest and excitement that is currently being cultivated in our female engineers.
The partnership with Cal Poly Pomona’s Women in Engineering Program is beyond invaluable and truly leads us closer to pursuing our vision as a district.”