Registration is now open for the 40th annual Career Day for Girls, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Each year, more than 300 Chicago-area middle school and high school girls attend the career workshop, designed to encourage young women to consider engineering in their education and career choices. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston.

A video of last year’s event is available online.

Highlights of the day include an engineering design competition, laboratory tours, hands-on experiments, a goal-setting workshop focusing on different engineering majors, and separate panel discussions for students and parents. Participants will have an opportunity to meet current women engineering students, faculty and alumnae throughout the day.

Registration will close Feb. 11 but could close earlier if capacity is reached before that date. A $5 fee is charged per person to cover lunch and printed materials.

More information and a registration form are available online. Questions can be directed to Ellen Worsdall at (847) 491-5173 or

Career Day has been held at Northwestern annually since 1970, when only 4 percent of the students in the McCormick School were women. Today, nearly one-third of McCormick students are women.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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