2nd Annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day



Mentors and Other Volunteers Lead Local Events and Activities Nationwide to Help Girls Discover Their Potential as Engineers 

WASHINGTONDC, February 6, 2012 – As the nation – and the world – continues to emphasize the urgent need for our next generation to pursue and master science and engineering careers, half of the population continues to be underrepresented in those careers.  Determined to tap into the brain power, ambition and creativity of girls and young women, National Engineers Week Foundation is launching its 11th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, slated for Thursday, February 23, 2012.

With the resources of the nation’s professional engineering community behind it, Girl Day raises awareness so that girls and young women feel empowered to pursue challenging, lucrative, creative and potentially world-changing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is one of the tent pole events that make up National Engineers Week 2012, February 19-25, 2012.

On February 23, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will mentor and reach out to as many as one million girls around the country with workshops, tours, on-line discussions and a host of hands-on activities at local businesses, universities and libraries.  All of these events deliver the message that a career in engineering is within the grasp of every young woman who is looking to play a role in addressing the issues her generation will face as it comes of age.

Major support for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2012 is provided by ExxonMobil, Bechtel, Agilent Technologies, Rockwell Collins, Motorola Solutions Foundation and S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.  Additional support is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Heather Sweeney, a senior atPurdueUniversity’sCollegeofEngineering, was just honored as part of the initial class of National Engineers Week Foundation’s New Faces of Engineering College Edition. She currently volunteers for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day through the Purdue Society of Women Engineers and Purdue Women in Engineering Program.

“I really enjoy volunteering at Girl Day because I am able to help younger girls understand what engineering is and all the ways a degree in engineering can change their lives,” says Heather.  “When I was younger these events really influenced my decision to choose engineering. If I did not attend these events, I would have not have been exposed to all of the amazing possibilities.”

Shalyric Self is a 10th grader and future computer engineer atScotlandvilleMagnetHigh School inBaton Rouge.  She reflects on her experience at a Girl Day 2011 event, sponsored by ExxonMobil in her home community.

“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2011 majorly inspired me,” comments Shalyric.  “It exposed me to my future and the hard work required in making a difference.  Our assignment was to make paper gliders that descended at the slowest rate. Lots of brainstorming, critical thinking, teamwork, and analyzing helped us create the design.  After testing our last design, we decided to go with it and this resulted in our being the winning team. That day, I realized I could think like an engineer.  Engineering has now made me see things in a totally different mindset and I’m ready for the journey”.

“We are focused on introducing young people to the field of engineering because it provides diverse, rewarding career opportunities,” adds Monica Mainland, technical division manager, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery.  “An education in engineering teaches students how to think critically and find creative solutions to problems, while acquiring a professional degree that is highly valued by employers.  We believe events like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day inspire young women to pursue engineering degrees and become our nation’s next generation of innovators.”

Some of the local activities planned for Girl Day, 2012 include:

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