Sixty middle school students participated in the Rossin College’s annual spring CHOICES event, held virtually on March 26, 2021.

CHOICES—which stands for Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Science—was founded in 1993 to build girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The outreach program, a long-standing partnership with Bosch Rexroth led by Lehigh’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), has adapted to an online format during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Students choose from a variety of virtual sessions offered throughout the day. The programming included demonstrations led by Rossin College faculty members as well as panel sessions with faculty, undergraduate students, and engineering professionals from Bosch Rexroth and Air Products. Student participants asked questions about STEM and panelists shared their expertise as they discussed the real-world challenges faced by women engineers.

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Rossin College faculty and student volunteers conducted experiments virtually during the 2021 Spring CHOICES event for middle-school students.

The middle-schoolers also participated in hands-on experiments led by SWE undergraduate mentor volunteers with materials that had been provided in advance, based on the sessions they had chosen to attend.

“We’re so thankful to the faculty, alumni, and undergraduate volunteers who developed interactive lessons, participated in panel sessions, and ran demonstrations for this event,” says says Chayah Wilbers, events manager for the Rossin College.

The kits were really helpful and the activities I joined in on with the students were well run and set up nicely. This was a bright spot in the year since everything has not been normal due to Covid!
Teacher response, spring CHOICES program
Spring CHOICES participants
Thanks to all of our Spring CHOICES volunteers, including:

Cecyle Aldrete (Bosch Rexroth)

Prof. Ana Alexandrescu (ISE)

Prof. Subhrajit Bhattacharya (MechE)

Rachel Caffrey ’21, SWE co-chair

Prof. Helen Chan (MSE)

Allison Codi ’22, SWE co-chair

Prof. Hannah Dailey (MechE)

Jill Evans (Bosch Rexroth)

Prof. Lori Herz (BioE)

Prof. Yaling Liu (BioE, MechE)

Bill Maroun (MechE)

The ATLSS Center team led by Tommy Marullo

Prof. Anand Ramamurthi (BioE chair)

Prof. Jeffrey Rickman (MSE)

Heather Schenk (Air Products)

Prof. Larry V. Snyder (ISE)

Kaylyn Swartz ’14 (Air Products)

Prof. Martin Takáč (ISE)

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