For Immediate Release
August 6, 2002

Media Advisory

Fifth Grade Girls to Launch Rockets at New Jersey Institute of Technology

WHAT:Fifth grade girls studying aeronautical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will launch small rockets they built in class. The class, part of a program known as FEMME, teaches the girls the fundamentals of aeronautics.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The athletic field at New Jersey Institute of Technology campus, Newark, N.J.

WHY: The FEMME (Women in Engineering and Technology) class challenges the premise that boys are better in math and science than girls. Women underrepresented in engineering - 90 percent of engineers are men. Studies also show an achievement gap separates students in rich communities from those in poor communities. Most of the girls in FEMME are Black and Hispanic and live in local cities and suburbs.

HOW: Photographers and cameramen and reporters are invited to come to NJIT to photograph the rocket launch. Girls in other FEMME classes - there are five of them -- will display class projects that include hot air balloons, roller coasters and parachutes.

Editor's Note: The girls attending FEMME live in the following towns or cities: Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Guttenberg, Hillside, Irvington, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Mountain Lakes, Newark, Nutley, Orange, Paterson, Piscataway, Plainfield, Rahway, Somerset, South Orange, Teaneck, Union, Union City, Weehawken and West Orange.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.