Faculty Advisor

Demetry, Chrysanthe

Faculty Advisor

Blaisdell, Stephanie


This project addresses female under-representation in engineering fields. This detriment means that, as the number of jobs in the engineering industries grows, women will not have an equal presence in these fields. Equal female presence in engineering would allow for more diverse engineering practices, increased economic security for women, and reduced need for social welfare. Studies have revealed several reasons for the apparent lack of women in engineering pertaining to childhood development, educational contexts, and gender inclusive opportunities in the industry. In the attempt to correct the problem diverse solutions have been researched and implemented. One such solution is the implementation of summer camps and outreach programs. WPI in its effort to contribute to the solution has developed several summer camps including Camp Reach (CR). CR program provides a variety of activities that strive to affect issues of childhood development and educational contexts. Activities in the camp focus on workshops presenting numerous engineering disciplines. The goal of this Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) is to improve the workshop component at CR. Through consideration of the above this project presents the Oil Rig workshop that was developed and tested along with a list of recommendations for future implementation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering