Engineers Week Girl Day Event Partners with Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)

On February 23, 2023, Engineers Week Girl Day, WTS Central Florida teamed up with Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) to host an exciting event aimed at introducing girls to engineering. We invited and transported 20 female students and their teachers from Seminole County's Milwee Middle School's Pre-Engineering Magnet program to FTE Headquarters at Turkey Lake Plaza for an afternoon of engineering-related activities.

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During the event, the students got a behind-the-scenes look at the Traffic Management Center (TMC), discussed road safety with FTE staff, participated in a demonstration of Impervious pavement, learned about transportation-related careers, and even competed for prizes in "Engineering Jeopardy". It was an amazing opportunity for the students to get hands-on experience and explore the world of engineering.

WTS Volunteers Karen Van den Avont and Emily Wigle from Protean Design, Baily Hitt and Stephani Morales From Keith, and Negaar Minaei from CDM Smith all participated in helping run this event. These WTS volunteers successfully collaborated alongside the talented Florida Turnpike Enterprise Staff Chelsea Scheid Mason, Ellie Wilson and Susan Sadiqi. 

These students, volunteers and staff worked together to address and explore various educational transportation aspects. Some of these included a tour of the Traffic Management Center (TMC), a discussion of road safety with FTE staff, a demonstration of Impervious pavement, and an introduction to transportation-related careers.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success, especially the staff at FTE and the dedicated teachers at Milwee Middle School. We're already looking forward to next year's Engineers Week Girl Day!

Huge thank you to the Florida Turnpike Enterprise staffer who supported the event:
Chelsea Mason Todd Bettger, Noelle Warren, Gabbi Rickstrew, Tiffany Crosby, Ellie Wilson, Teresa Price, Justin Relitz, Dalita Singh (Traffic management center), Kelly Kinney (road ranger), Adriana Kerwin (pavement).