Women in Science and Engineering
Ann Pollina, Westover’s sixth Head of School, created WISE to encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science. Ann believed that if we expose girls to engineering and computer science while they are in high school, we increase their appreciation, literacy, and pursuit of careers in these areas of study. Ann was right—the WISE program has had tremendous impact on Westover students and our graduates. As WISE has become an integral part of our culture, all of our students have strengthened these essential skills.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is open to Freshmen and Sophomores by application.
Program requirements include:
• two terms of WISE I, one of which must be Introduction to Computer Programming.
(all three terms are available by petition)
• four advanced electives or a full year of Computer Science and two advanced electives.
• Engineering Design Project completed in the Junior or Senior year. Students may substitute an Independent Research Project with a formal proposal and approval by the department
Program Director: Kate Seyboth
New WISE Center
As WISE has become an integral part of our culture, all of our students have strengthened these essential skills. In response to the growing demand for this program, Westover build a new Center for Women in Science and Engineering, which was completed in the spring of 2017. This dedicated, state of the art facility features the following:
● A “maker space” work area, well-equipped with supplies and tools, will allow more girls to work on more projects.
● A dedicated robotics space will enable tremendous expansion of our robotics program — a semi-permanent field, better storage, and generous counter space increases access to each robot project.
● Dedicated classroom space for computer science and engineering electives will support a broader range of individual and group work.
For over 20 years, WISE has been a signature program at Westover. This new Center will greatly expand the program, allowing us to engage more girls in engineering and computer science...and keeping Westover firmly positioned as a leader in girls education.
By the Numbers
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