Women in Science and Engineering
“The WISE program has opened up my eyes to so many different aspects of engineering science that I didn't know existed. From the hands-on learning offered, to its great teachers, the WISE program has taught me just how amazing engineering can be.”
- Maya '19
The Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program was developed in the early 1990's in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with the goal of encouraging more young women to pursue careers in Computer Science and Engineering fields.
It is a fully-fledged four-year STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] curriculum that gives our students the ability to specialize as upperclassmen. Unlike other STEM programs, it collaborates with our Science and Math departments but is separate and stands alone. WISE includes full-credit courses that lead students from entry level to advanced electives and encourages students to explore topics they might otherwise never know exist.
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
Ann S. Pollina Center for
Women In Science & Engineering
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.
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