FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2016

Contacts:
Helene Finger
805-756-2350; hfinger@calpoly.edu

Melanie Thatcher (student)
methatch@calpoly.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cal Poly Students to Visit Elementary Classrooms to Promote Engineering Education

SAN LUIS OBISPO — As part of National Engineers Week, Cal Poly’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will visit local fourth-grade classrooms to expose students to the possibilities of engineering by engaging in hands-on activities and interacting with SWE role models. Throughout the lively and informal program, SWE members will share their passion for math and science and all things related to engineering. A goal is to inspire both girls and boys to see engineering and technology as a rewarding career path.

Who: Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers

What: Fourth Grade Days
During the classroom visits the Cal Poly students will explain the basic scientific principles of gravity, force and impulse. The fourth-graders will use information to build a system that keeps marshmallows in a paper cup when dropped from a height of four feet.

When: Feb. 23-26

Who/Where: More than 800 fourth-grade students from schools in Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Los Osos, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo will participate.

Why: “Through this fun, hands-on experience led by Cal Poly engineering students, local fourth-graders will learn about different types of engineering, what engineers do, and that anyone can become an engineer,” said Melanie Thatcher, Cal Poly materials engineering student and SWE elementary outreach chair.
Schedule: To schedule photographs or video of the class sessions, contact the respective school in advance and check in at its administrative office before entering the classrooms. 
**Note: Schedule is subject to change.


Elementary School

City

Teacher

Date of Visit

Time of Visit

Ocean View Elementary

Arroyo Grande

K. Mitchell
K. Doles
L. Allen

2/24/2016
2/24/2016
2/24/2016

9 – 10 a.m.
1-2 p.m.
1-2 p.m.

Shell Beach Elementary

Pismo Beach

C. Boatenhamer
N. Ramirez

2/25/2016
2/25/2016

8:50 – 9:50 a.m.
8:50 – 9:50 a.m.

Grover Heights Elementary

Grover Beach

G. Griffin

2/25/2016

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Baywood Elementary

Los Osos

E. Clyburn

2/24/2016

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Tunnell Elementary

Santa Maria

D.DuBransky

2/24/2016

1 - 2 p.m.

Oakley Elementary

Santa Maria

S. Gemignani
C. Molina

2/23/2016
2/25/2016

1 – 2 p.m.
12:25-1:25 p.m.

Jimenez Elementary

Santa Maria

C. Recinos
K. Latronica

2/25/2016
2/26/2016

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
1- 2 p.m.

Sanchez Elementary

Santa Maria

L. Stenzel
J. Ikenoyama
V. Scozzari
K. Stolp

2/25/2016
2/25/2016
2/26/2016
2/26/2016

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Ontiveros Elementary

Santa Maria

J. Morris
K. Streker

2/25/2016
2/26/2016

12:40 – 1:30 p.m.
11 a.m. – noon

WL Adams Elementary

Santa Maria

L. Hicks

2/23/2016

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Robert Bruce Elementary

Santa Maria

M. Cullen

2/26/2016

11 a.m. – noon

Sinsheimer Elementary

San Luis Obispo

K. Peters
G. Becker

2/24/2016
2/24/2016

9 – 10 a.m.
9 – 10 a.m.

Bishop’s Peak Elementary

San Luis Obispo

M. Williams
O’ Brien

2/24/2016
2/26/2016

11 a.m. – noon
9 – 10 a.m.

Pacheco Elementary

San Luis Obispo

A. Avila
M. Vega
C. Jimenez

2/23/2016
2/23/2016
2/23/2016

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

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