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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Introduce a Girl to EngineeringAs part of National Engineers Week, the National Engineers Week Foundation is sponsoring events throughout the country devoted to getting women interested in engineering.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering is an attempt to introduce girls of all ages to the possibilities of engineering careers through public events and school sessions. Officially, Feb. 21 is the day of the celebration, but events to teach girls about engineering will be happening throughout the week. Modern Machine Shop has helped produce two videos for some of these events. One video is geared towards younger girls in middle school and younger, while the other is designed to show off career possibilities to young women on the cusp of making higher education decisions.

At our sister publication IMT Career Journal, Beth Goodbaum breaks down women’s role in engineering to investigate some of the reasons behind the gender gap in engineering.

Additionally, events will be held across the country. Check out the list below for some events you or a young woman or girl you might know can attend.

  • Polygon Solutions Inc. will host a shop tour and interactive program about engineering. Polygon is a manufacturer of rotary broach tools, used to make hexagon and square holes using modern CNC machines, and is inviting girls from Lee Virtual School to learn more about engineering as a career choice. Polygon Solutions has selected Lee County’s Virtual School as their school in the Dream It! Do It! Adopt a School program with the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence.” –
  • “This coming Saturday Feb. 23, 2013 from 11a.m. to 4p.m., The Miami Science Museum will be holding its Engineering Day with an event entitled Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, 2013.” –Examiner
  • “Eighth-grade girls from nine schools will be in Charleston for the 5th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. More than 40 engineering professionals are to be on hand Thursday to help more than 130 young women in creative design activities. They’ll also have mentoring discussions.” –Herald-Dispatch
  • “ExxonMobil employees will lead fun, hands-on activities that connect math and science to everyday life and reinforce classroom instruction. Activities include water-purification experiments, energy-industry demonstrations using 3D technology to search for oil and natural gas, and exploring the science of manufacturing cosmetics.” –Market Watch

You can find more events at the National Engineers Week Foundation website here.

Brian Lane

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