Monday, January 12, 2015

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Where are the women engineers? Women make up only 13 percent of engineering professionals in the United States, and less than 20 percent of college engineering students were women. What’s keeping the numbers so low? And what can we do?
Girls disappear from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses early. By the end of high school, girls who have previously shown ability in science and math are opting out of STEM courses. It’s not because they lack the skills. Boys and girls show the same aptitude in math and science on tests. It’s because of stereotypes that girls just aren’t good at math and science or that fields like engineering are “unfeminine.” And because engineering usually isn’t taught until college, girls have to reject these stereotypes and seek out engineering opportunities all on their own. Having women role models can show girls that engineering can be a viable career choice for them. 
I came across this event and wanted to share.  It's right in our backyard at The University of Texas!

Original post from The Cockrell School of Engineering found here. 
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year.
Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. UT’s national award winning Girl Day, presented by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP), gives over 2,000 first through eighth grade students a chance to:
  • have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities,
  • meet students, professors and engineers from industry, and
  • see what it's like to be an engineer.

Date and Time

Saturday, February 28, 2015
2 - 5 p.m.
A special thanks to all WEP Girl Day Partners including local community organizations and not-for-profits, engineering student organizations, companies, and area colleges and universities. For more information on how to join WEP in this effort, contact Tricia Berry at or 512-471-5650.

Registration is Open!

Registration is now OPEN for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2015! You can register participants on our website. You will need to create a free account to register which will allow you to add, remove, or edit your participants.


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