MLMS student questions MIT program’s fairness



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My name is Eric Lundgren and I am an 8th grade student at Mirror Lake Middle School. When I first heard about an engineering course I wanted to go, but I later found out it was only for girls. I was not too pleased but I accepted that. After I heard that it was taught by MIT professors and that it was a once-in-a-lifetime program, I really wanted to go. It also did not help when they handed out participation certificates and talked about how great it was in class.

I understand this is a whole initiative to get more women in engineering, but there are only six percent of college students working to become engineers, and our society needs more men and women to become engineers. This would have been a helpful program for boys if it were open for us too.

On a final note, I understand why this was a girls only program, but I do think they could have thought a little harder about how it could also impact boys.

 

— Eric Lundgren
Eagle River

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