Camille Zimmer, 16, rummaged through a box of gadgets as she and three other high school girls started construction on their very own robot.

Zimmer and 144 other female Calgary high school students from grades 10 and 11 visited the Schulich School of Engineering yesterday at the University of Calgary for the Women in Engineering event.

Having an interest in engineering encouraged Zimmer’s Grade 11 physics teacher at William Aberhart High School to tell her about the event.

“I love hearing from people who are already in the field, I think that it’s so interesting,” said Zimmer.
According to Laleh Behjat, chair of the gender and diversity in engineering committee, the University of Calgary has one of the highest female graduate rates in engineering at 24 per cent, which she admits is still very low.

“We think one of the main reasons our numbers are higher is because of initiatives like this,” said Behjat.
After she graduates, Zimmer hopes to pursue a career in environmental engineering at the University of Calgary.

“I would really love to come here. This is my first choice.”