Word to the WISE: “We are the future of Women in Science and Engineering”


Catie Hart

During “pre-coronacation,” the 2020 members of WISE huddle together for a picture in Huron’s engineering laboratory. “I loved going to the engineering room after school and doing fun things with other girls that were interested in the same stuff I was,” President of WISE Catie Hart said.

Allison Mi, Copy Editor

On Wednesday, March 24 from 2-4 p.m., Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is preparing to host a virtual exposition for A2 middle schoolers interested in science and engineering. The club worked in groups to create presentations about their favorite subjects. 

“This is a way for not only the middle schoolers to learn but also for the girls creating and presenting to learn more about their preferred subject,” Catie Hart, president of Huron’s WISE, said. “It’s been difficult to connect with people in the club to be able to do challenges, but if Wednesday’s expo goes well, then not much has changed.”

WISE is about getting women interested in science and engineering and exploring their potential in those fields. This club meets twice a month during lunch break (12:10 – 12:45 p.m.) by Zoom, typically on the first and third Monday of each month.

Earlier this year, they had guest speakers meet with them over Zoom to talk about their experience in this field and how they are able to work in it. Huron alumni were also invited to speak. 

The board members of WISE include Catie Hart as president and Kate Meader and Meera Ramaswami as co-vice presidents.

Though WISE aims to open more opportunities for women, males are also welcome to join. According to advisor Catherine Marchionna, there have been past male members as well. Those interested in participating should email Marchionna ([email protected]).

“I encourage people to join WISE because we are the future of Women in Science and Engineering,” Hart said. “With a bigger group, more things are possible to do and learn. It’s also never too late to join.”