HEA's Tylene Brown Empowers Young Students at the YWCA

By: Tylene Brown

Last month, I had the opportunity to present to a group of phenomenal students at the Brooklyn location of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA); a nationwide non–profit dedicated to empowering women. The presentation was a part of the Women’s history month celebrating achievements and exemplifying career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for young students (STEM).

The students ranged from grades K – 10. Although the students were young, their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn more than made up for their understanding of engineering. I explained some of the basic principles of engineering to the students and discussed how engineers build and design items they use in their daily lives. The excited students asked me all types of questions about being an engineer. They questioned, “Why did you want to become an engineer?” What is your job like on a daily basis? How does my job help people?” I happily answered their questions based on my personal experience and provided basic criteria and schooling necessary to become an engineer.

Overall, the students’ curiosity and quest for knowledge made my job of presenting to them easier. It was a pleasure to be a part of this community outreach experience and hopefully leaving an impact on a future generation of engineers.

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