New Partnership with Dr. Laura Bottomley of North Carolina State University

Sparking Aha! Moments represents the greatness of imagination and new ideas. In an effort to integrate STEM education into the 2016 program, we are developing new interactive programs that will raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and math related careers.

NC STATE Engineering
We have partnered with revered engineer Dr. Laura Bottomley at North Carolina State University (NCSU) to introduce youth activities that reveal the true nature of engineering. Dr. Laura Bottomley founded Women in Engineering on the campus of NCSU and also co-founded The Engineering Place, NCSU’s K-20 education and resource headquarters for exploring engineering.

Laura Bottomley

There is a lack of knowledge among the general public on what engineering graduates actually DO in the workplace[1]. This lack of perception, and sometimes mis-perception, can discourage students from pursuing STEM careers, especially engineering. Holding a Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day event and including youth from the wider community could be a very effective way to inform the public, as long as those days are fun and engaging for the participants.Dr. Laura Bottomley

[1] National Academy of Engineering. Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2008.


By | 2016-10-13T12:58:08+00:00 January 25th, 2016|News and Happenings|0 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn McKecuen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® (TODASTW) Foundation since 2007. She played an integral role as a consultant in the Take Our Daughters To Work Day’s creation in 1992. Carolyn uses her expertise, leadership, and collaboration in business development and communications to advocate for changes in social policy and public awareness on behalf of youth. On April 24, 2014, during the 22nd annual TODASTW Day, 39 million participants at over 3 million workplaces took part in the time-honored tradition of taking their child, a neighbor's child, or relative's child to the workplace.

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