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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Summer Program Ends With a Bang: Fifth-Grade Girls To Launch Rockets

WHAT: The FEMME summer program (Women in Engineering and Technology Initiative), which helps girls overcome the gender gap in math, science and engineering, will end with a rocket launch. Fifth-grade girls, who studied the fundamentals of aeronautical engineering, will launch model rockets they assembled in class. Other Femme classes will display projects they designed such as roller coasters, bridges and artificial bones.

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The NJIT soccer field on the main campus.

WHY: FEMME challenges the premise that boys are better in math and science than girls, who are underrepresented in engineering – 90 percent of engineers are men. Studies also show an achievement gap separates students in affluent communities from those in low-income communities. Most of the girls in Femme are black and Hispanic and live in low-income cities and suburbs across the region.

HOW: Photographers and reporters are invited to NJIT to observe the rocket launch and the other displays. To attend, call Robert Florida at (973) 596-5203.

Editor’s Note: The girls attending FEMME live in the following towns or cities: Chester, East Orange, Elizabeth, Green Brook, Guttenberg, Harrison, Hillside, Irvington, Maplewood, Montville, Newark, North Bergen, Nutley, Orange, Paterson, Piscataway, Plainfield, Rahway, Ridgefield Park, Roselle, Schnecksville, Somerset, South Orange, Teaneck, Union, Union City, Vauxhall, Wayne and West Orange.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.