Groups of students huddle around desks at a university campus as the instructor gives out a quick overview of the job at hand: build a crane, create an electromagnet and pick up metal.
Work begins in earnest, with some of the students building their contraptions with wheels “for better transportation” while others build them for strength.
But these are not university students. They are Grades 3 and 4 students — about half of them girls — who like to spend a few hours on the weekend building stuff and learning about science.
“I’ve been building stuff a long time,” says 8-year-old Yashu Tenneti. “In our school, we’re building bridges out of Popsicle sticks.”
Does she want to be an engineer or scientist when she grows up?
“I don’t know. I want to be many things,” she says.
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