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Encouraging Young Women to Explore Engineering
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM.

In the past decade, “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” has introduced more than one million girls and young women to the engineering field. Now in its 11th year, the national event will take place next Thursday, February 23, as part of Engineers Week. To find an event near you, click here.

 

The Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program reaches out to girls in grades K-12 with positive messages about engineering careers and math and science education. Its mission is to provide girls and young women with mentors who can inspire their decision to become engineers and increase the number of women in the workforce. Currently only 20% of engineering undergraduates are women and only 10% of the engineering workforce consists of women.

 

Engineers Week enters its 61st anniversary next week, February 19-25, and was created by the National Society of Professional Engineers to raise public understanding of the importance of the engineering profession. The program reaches out to schools, businesses and community groups across the U.S. to provide various events and resources on becoming an engineer.

 

For more information on 2012 Engineers Week and descriptions of scheduled events, visit www.eweek.org.


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