Sky’s the Limit program awarded grant

January 2, 2014

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Sky’s the Limit outreach program recently received a $2,000 grant from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In 2012, only 13.7 percent of all civil engineers in the United States were women, according to the United States Department of Labor, which also projects the field of civil engineering to grow 19 percent by 2020. Administrators of the Sky’s the Limit outreach program hope that they can increase the number of women and traditionally underrepresented groups in this expanding field.

The program offers three weekend events for girls in grades seven through 12, centered around age-appropriate, hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal of the program is to cultivate middle and high school girls’ interest in STEM fields.

“This grant means a lot to our program area,” said Jaclyn Esqueda, special programs manager in the UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. “It is the beginning of a new collaboration with the American Society of Civil Engineers. By awarding us this grant, they are endorsing our programs and demonstrating that they find what we are doing at UW-Platteville to be worthwhile.”

The 2013 Reaching for the Sky program was held Dec. 6-8, and 26 girls in grades 11 and 12 attended. Participants not only had the opportunity to meet and interact with college students and professional women in the STEM fields, but also engage in hands-on projects with real-world applications, centered on this year’s theme of infrastructure. Projects included analyzing the effects of roundabouts on traffic safety, viewing infrastructure on site, learning components of bridge infrastructure, studying bridge design plans, making and testing concrete and the physics of a ropes course activity.

For more information on the Sky’s the Limit program visit  

Contact: Jaclyn Esqueda, special programs manager, College of EMS, (608) 342-7158,

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526,



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