Who said that tractors were only for boys?
This week, a group of 7th and 8th grade Bunger Middle School girls broke the status quo when they visited the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum to learn about the male-dominated field of engineering. All of the female youth in attendance are members of Bunger’s robotics club, science club, or industrial technology class. They were invited to attend John Deer Tractor & Engine Museum as part of “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.”
Of course, the girls had the opportunity to tour the museum, looking at the variety of tractors and engines on display. Perhaps more interesting was the knowledge they gained about the history of John Deere in the Waterloo. At an age where role models are so crucial to a young girl’s development, the Bunger students were excited to be surrounded by adult females who are currently working in the engineering field. For a young woman looking to create and follow a career path, that leadership and image is incredibly important. Currently less than 20% of engineers are women.
Students wee also challenged to design creations of their own, and work to fix problems using a unique item called bristlebots. Although difficult for many, the Bunger Middle School girls took a quick liking to the challenge of trying to resolve the technological issue at hand.
For those of you who have an interest in also visiting the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, you may do so during McElroy Trust’s Annual World’s Great Spring Break event the week of March 16-20.