Girls Say Yes to Engineering During Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2013
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on February 12, 2013
OPPORTUNITY, DIVERSITY, INSPIRATION!
National Engineers Week Foundation's 12th Annual Event Engages Girls Across the Country through Interactive Labs, Hands-on Workshops, Demonstrations, and More
WASHINGTON DC- On February 21, 2013, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will engage and mentor as many as one million girls around the country during National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. This empowering day is packed with workshops, lab tours, on-line discussions and interactive, hands-on activities at businesses, universities, libraries and other venues across the country. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is one of the tent pole events that make up Engineers Week 2013, February 17-23, 2013.
Many girls are convinced that engineering is a field that does not readily embrace female professionals. The inspiring message of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day turns that assumption on its head. The next generation will see the end of the long held belief about engineering and gender, in which men have traditionally dominated. For young women interested in engineering, the walls are coming down, the ceiling is cracking and the opportunities have never been greater or more exciting.
One of this year’s Girl Day highlights will be a live #STEMchat on Twitter, set for February 20 at 9:00 pm (ET). #STEMchat is a monthly Twitter conversation that brings together parents, educators and STEM professionals to share ideas and resources to raise STEM-loving kids. Moderated by The Maker Mom (www.themakermom.com), Kim Moldofsky (@KimMoldofsky), and featuring a group of savvy panelists committed to creating STEM career opportunities for girls, the chats are lively, informative and engaging.
Panelists for the Girl Day #STEMchat include Lockheed Martin Engineer @RocketScientist, (Jennifer Wright) and @BioEnggCat13 (DeeAnn Turpin), a member of 2011’s inaugural class of New Faces of Engineering, College Edition. Additional panelists include @Saving4Someday (Sara Hawkins), a popular blogger and vocal supporter of girls in STEM; @TechSavvyMama (Leticia Barr), a popular blogger who writes about family technology; @CentsibleLife (Kelly Whalen), whose kids are active in the VEX robotics league, and @ShellyKramer Founder + CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing. To participate in the #STEMchat, tweet #EweekGD or #STEMchat.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, 2013, is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. Dr. Ride was a leading proponent of STEM education, an early participant in Girl Day and an inspiration for girls and women around the world. Dr. Ride’s work continues through Sally Ride Science company she founded to educate and engage young learners.
"Sally was deeply committed to fostering girls’ interest in STEM. We are honored by this dedication and applaud Engineers Week’s efforts to attract more girls to engineering," said Dr. Karen Flammer, co-founder of Sally Ride Science.
Find out more about Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day by watching this short video (below). The piece presents an inspiring overview of Girl Day activities and captures some of the most memorable and compelling moments from previous years.
Major support for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2013 is provided by ExxonMobil, Bechtel, Agilent Technologies, Rockwell Collins, Motorola Solutions Foundation and S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation/Stephen Bechtel Fund. Additional support is provided by TE Connectivity and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“In the United States, women account for nearly 60 percent of college students, but fewer than one in five of those women are engineering students.” says Barbara Rusinko, senior vice president of Bechtel. “The demand for engineers throughout the world can’t be met without engaging women. Bechtel’s participation in Girl Day is part of our first annual Stewardship Month—along with other Engineers Week programs the world over. We’re excited about introducing more young women to the field of engineering.”
Some of the local activities planned for Girl Day, 2013 include:
- Raytheon will introduce girls across the country to engineering with a series of MathMovesU events designed to inspire middle schoolers to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. By showcasing the connection between their personal interests – including music, fashion and sports – and math and science, Raytheon mentors hope to inspire young women to pursue careers in engineering. In Southern California, for example, Rosa Parks Elementary School students will be visited by mentors from Raytheon and the Society of Women Engineers to engage in hands-on engineering workshops.
- NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) is partnering with AJ Whittenberg Elementary School in Greenville, SC, the first elementary school in South Carolina to provide a school-wide engineering curriculum. The fourth grade girls will have breakfast in small groups with professionally licensed women engineers from institutions including GE, Hubbell Lighting and Greenville County, to learn about different types of engineering. These engineers will then help lead an interactive, engineering activity, building balloon ‘rockets.’ Students will acquire a basic understanding of Newton's third law of motion as it applies to rockets and the engineering that goes into making a real rocket. Serita Acker, Clemson University, Director of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program at Clemson, will deliver opening remarks for the event.
- At the Miami Science Museum, young women can hear from a diverse range of engineers who share insights about their careers and the paths they took to get there. Participants will take part in a variety of challenges such as creating gravity driven water pumps, learning to wire circuits, designing a scribble bot and competing in paper airplane or water rocket competitions, and more. With support from title sponsor, Douglas Elliman – Florida and in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the event features informative career awareness sessions and hands-on activities with speakers from IBM, Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers /CAACE and the Miami Dade Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers/MDASCE.
- In Orlando, The Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Inc. is hosting its first Girl Scout all-day STEM event at Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Backyard Barbeque Pavilion at Fort Wilderness. A program entitled Engineering the Magic will be presented by Disney engineers. Scouts will learn about action/reaction, pressure, electricity, and special effects, and have fun designing their own theme park. They will also learn about rockets from NASA and they will meet women who work in STEM.
- Providence-based medical-design and engineering company Ximedica is inviting young women from two local all-girl high schools to tour its facility and to participate in hands-on product development activities including industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, quality engineering, and manufacturing engineering.
- At Antilles Middle School, located on the Fort Buchanan military base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, approximately 100 seventh and eighth grade girls will participate in hands- on activities that promote engineering careers for women in the 21st century. These include designing and constructing catapults, exploring flow mechanics and designing a small robot. The girls will interact with women engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Coast Guard.
- At Amphi Middle School in Tucson, women engineers from the community and from the University of Arizona will join 40 students for lunch, where they will discuss the life of an engineer and what it takes to get there. A local group, MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement), is creating an engineering challenge that the girls can work on during the event. Attendees will also be invited to attend an engineering event at the University of Arizona called Expand Your Horizons. And, finally, girls will be invited to a week long summer camp on engineering – at no cost to them. This Girl Day event is made possible by assistance of the Girl Scouts and the Blue Marble Institute.
- In Boise, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is inviting 30 eighth grade girls from throughout the state to ITD headquarters for a day of interactive exploration. In addition to meeting women engineers and transportation professionals, they will take part in hands-on activities, including tours of the Geotechnical, Structures, Chemistry and Asphalt Mix labs. In addition, the girls will get to experience driving a snow plow and a backhoe in the ITD simulator.
Visit http://www.eweek.org/EngineersWeek/Introduce.aspx to access Girl Day activities nationwide!
About National Engineers Week Foundation
National Engineers Week Foundation works year-round to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession critical to public health, safety, and welfare. The Foundation supports engineering outreach, education, and celebration through a network of thousands of volunteers in its partner coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant. The Foundation and coalition are actively putting the E in STEM.
For more information about National Engineers Week Foundation, visit www.eweek.org.