New club at Orange: Young Women in Engineering

Recently at the high school, a new club has formed. This club is called Young Women in Engineering, and it is run by teacher, Mrs. Chaney. The Club meets once a month, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. after school in room 1411.

Young Women in Engineering is an all-girls club. The club consists of around 10 girls, ranging from all grades in the high school.

Before their meetings, Chaney asks the students to bring in certain recyclable items to use to build whatever they are assigned during the 45-minute meeting every month. In November, the students brought items such as cracker boxes, toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes and much more. On the day of the meeting, Chaney assigned the students to use the materials to design a Roller Coaster.

To help out the students a bit, Chaney provides them with, scissors, paper, tape and hot glue to help build the roller coaster. In the end, the rollercoaster should be about 25-30 feet long, and be able to carry a golf ball all the way across the room, in order to complete the club assignment.

Otherwise, she provides no assistance to the students, forcing them to work together and figure out how to build the roller coaster on their own.

“It makes me very happy to see these girls joining a club like this, because not many women are actually interested in engineering,” Chaney said. “I like to see their creative sides come out when they solve problems related to a field where women aren’t actively in.” Chaney is the CAD teacher at Olentangy Orange high school and has worked with computers and engineering aspects for a while.

If anyone is interested in joining this club, they can text @ywie1920 to 81010. The meetings are in Chaney's room, in the engineering wing. If you have any other questions, students can email her or visit her room.

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