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Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 18, 2013 at 5:10 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 12th year, the national event will take place on Thursday, February 21, as part of Engineers Week.
The program, which emphasizes math and science education, gives girls in grades K-12 a taste of engineering via interactive labs, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Events are held all over the country at businesses, universities, libraries and other venues. 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.
“In the United States, women account for nearly 60% of college students, but fewer than one in five of those women are engineering students,” said Barbara Rusinko, senior vice president of Bechtel, a sponsor of the program. “The demand for engineers throughout the world can’t be met without engaging women.”
One of this year’s highlights will be a live #STEMchat on Twitter, set for February 20 at 9 p.m. (EST). #STEMchat is a monthly Twitter conversation that joins parents, educators and professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Panelists include various experts and bloggers who will share ideas and resources on STEM-related career opportunities for girls.
Engineers Week enters its 62nd anniversary this week, February 17-23, 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 Engineers Week and to learn more about this year’s scheduled events, visit www.eweek.org.