For Immediate Release
August 6, 2003
Contact: Robert Florida
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
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. NJIT ranks in Tier 2 of U.S. News & World Report’s list of
national doctoral universities.