Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2006 National Pledge Roster
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2006 is celebrated Thursday, February 23rd. That date is simply a rallying point. We plan to record participation as long as organizations report to us. Some organizations will participate on that day but given professional schedules and school breaks, many will take place just before and just after Engineers Week 2006. To the many organizations and volunteers who are working to increase diversity in the engineering profession, thank you for your efforts! Check this page often for current events, and visit the archives for even more participation ideas.
General Dynamics, Mountain View, CA
General Dynamics in Mountain View, California invites Santa Clara County Girl Scouts to explore an evening of hands-on demonstrations and discussions about the field of Engineering with Women Engineers as role models. Girls will learn about various fields involving the latest technology such as the internet, computer software security, audio signal processing and much more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments from Annette: Thank you for organizing this great program! Another good resource on how to encourage girls and build self-esteem is posted on the US Girl Scouts site: http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/leading_advising/articles/10way_self_confidence.asp
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ocean Springs, MS
We are planning a two-day event to invite middle school students to our plant and introduce them to Engineering at Northrop Grumman. email@example.com
ExxonMobil Corporation, Houston, TX
Eleven ExxonMobil facilities in the U.S. and one in Puerto Rico are hosting their own "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" programs for local middle school students. Activities will range from classroom presentations to on-site tours and interactive experiments. Girls will also have the opportunity to talk with engineers and gain perspective on their careers. Last year, more than 200 ExxonMobil employees volunteered their time to spread this message to more than 700 middle school girls. This year's goal is to reach more young women by increasing the number of volunteers. Contact Crawford B. Bunkley, at Crawford.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATK, Elkton, MD
For the second year in a row, the Delaware section of AIAA, in conjunction with ATK in Elkton, Maryland, will provide an opportunity for 6th-8th grade girls to visit with engineers of various disciplines and discover what a typical engineer's work day is like. Activities will include an introduction to ATK, multiple opportunities to meet women engineers in all levels of the organization, examples of engineering problems for them to solve, and a rocket motor firing. Contact email@example.com
General Dynamics - Advanced Information Systems, Annapolis Junction, MD
We are hosting "Imagination Quest: Find Yourself in Engineering" at our facility, February 23 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. We are opening the event to 45 girls in grades 6 through 9 to introduce them to the "other side" of engineering beyond the math and science. We will have interactive activities, a Hall of Fame of Women Engineers - past and present and a panel discussion. The focus is on the creative and innovative side of engineering to show how engineers, especially women, make the world a better place. We will also discuss work/life balance issues. : firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gd-ais.com/mdgirls
Boeing - Commercial Airplanes, Marysville, WA
I work on the 787 program in Boeing Commercial Airplanes group. I will investigate how the 787 program can support this event. I am also an instructor for Boeing's Educator Enrichment Day (EED). This year, EED is presenting to Western Washington state elementary & middle school teachers in early February on Science Curriculum that Boeing engineers have created in coordination with local school teachers. The science curriculum meets the Washington state Grade Learning Expectations (GLEs). I can briefly talk about Introduce a Girl to Engineering day at these EED sessions with the school teachers, which will eventually reach several thousand K-12 students. email@example.com
DuPont, Charlotte, NC
DuPont Engineering Technology Energy Engineers of Charlotte Regional Office will sponsor “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” program on Monday, February 20, 2006. We will introduce girls to the engineering profession. For the day’s activities, the girls will meet at least 3-5 engineers and learn about the day to day life of an engineer, what classes she should study in order to become an engineer, etc. Yvette Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Esso Standard Oil Co., Puerto Rico
We invite two public schools to share the Engineering Day with us, in Cataño Terminal on February 27. One of the schools will be recognized this weekend in its town for being the only school on mid level in Puerto Rico, and one of 50 chosen from 2,500 that participate, to win a NASA Explorer School proposal. Eliam Lopez, email@example.com
Manitoba Hydro and IEEE Women in Engineering, Winipeg, Manitoba, Canada
As part of National Engineering Week, in support of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, IEEE Women in Engineering, in partnership with the Manitoba Robot Game, is proud to present a Robot Building Workshop for youth. http://www.ieee.org/winnipegwie
Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2006, 9 a.m.
Location: 820 Taylor Ave. (Manitoba Hydro Head Office)
COME OUT AND BUILD A ROBOT!!! SUPPLIES AND EXPERTS ARE PROVIDED
Robots can be entered into the 11th Annual Manitoba Robot Games to be held March 18th & 19th at Tec Voc High School. For more information visit: www.scmb.mb.ca
Option A: MINI SUMO. approx. 3-4 hours build time, for ages 10-16, Cost $35
Option B: ROBO CRITTER, approx. 2-3 hours build time, for ages 6-12, Cost $25
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by February 16th
All children must be accompanied by an adult. All IEEE members, family, friends, & colleagues are encouraged to participate in this fun and educational workshop. Jennifer Jessop,: email@example.com
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
The Engineering Department of the Port Authority will sponsor an all day event in honor of Engineers Week "Introduce A Girl To Engineering" scheduled for 2/23/06, inviting girls from employees’ friends and family between the ages of 12 - 17 to participate in activities and be inspired by female staff engineers and architects' personal accounts of how they became interested in their chosen professions. Carolyn Clancy-Detmering, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgestone Firestone, Wilson, NC
We will be hosting 15 of the local 9th-grade girls on February 23, 2006. We will be performing experiments, meeting with our engineers, listening to outside speakers, and empowering them with action ideas to utilize their skills. Michelle Schacht at email@example.com
Fundacion ISOtronica - Colombia
El plan es incentivar a los ninos y ninas entre los 5 y 10 anos de edad con elementos didacticos que le faciliten el entendimiento de la ingenieria.
Yo soy ingeniera Mecatronica de la Universidad Autonoma de Occidente cali - Colombia pero actualmente resido en Virginia. Pertenezco a la primera generacion de ingenieros mecatronicos de mi pais y soy la primera mujer con mi profesion en mi pais. mi meta es motivar a mas mujeres a que se enrolen en la profesion ya que conozco las ventajas que tenemos en el mercado. www.isotronica.com Contact Nathalia Galviz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Siemens Energy & Automation, West Chicago, IL
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. in West Chicago, IL will host an after school event for girls in 5th through 8th grade. The girls will complete five hands on experiments which will then be linked to specific engineering disciplines. The girls will also take a factory tour. Jayne Beck at email@example.com
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Annapolis Junction, MD - update
Last night's event went off here at General Dynamics AIS with great success. We had 49 11-14 year old girls representing Girl Scouts from 4 neighboring counties. There was an opening discussion on many of the ways engineering has changed our lives, then the girls were split into 4 groups of 12 or 13 and moved through four 20 minute events. In addition to the activities, posters down a long hallway depicted women engineers from history. Some of these posters had obvious typographical errors planted as a bit of a contest to encourage the girls to examine them more closely. The evening ended with a short presentation by 3 women engineers on how they measured success in their work, in their communities and in their families followed by a brief Q&A session. The girls also had their pictures taken as the entered and were given posters featuring their name and face similar to the hall of fame posters.
We've already received a lot of positive feedback that it was a fun and informative evening, including this quote in an email from one middle schooler: "Thank you for the program on engineering. It was very nice to visit your offices and learn about all of those great women who have made great strides in the field. I am now considering being an engineer. There is a program at Maryland U. in the summer for girls and my mom is going to look into sending me."
Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
In support of IGED, Argonne will hold its fifth annual mentoring day for middle school girls. The idea is to allow students to get a glimpse of a career in engineering and interact with a woman engineer for the day. The students will gain the following: 1)Positive, real-life examples of women in engineering; 2)Answers to questions like "Why do I have to learn this?" and "Would I want to make engineering a career?"; 3)Insight into a job in engineering from the people who know best – working professionals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Anchorage, Alaska
Keynote speaker for Anchorage School District Math Fair for middle school girls; encourage other engineers and scientists to get involved in Eweek overall and this event in particular; beginning planning for future year participation. Contact email@example.com Website: http://info.poa.usace.army.mil
Comments from Patricia: I've had folks ask me how they can help develop their daughter’s and other girls’ interest in math, science and possibly engineering. It's great to discover there is such a wealth of information. I attended the CII national conference this past summer, focus was on bridging to the construction industry leaders of tomorrow, and the projected shortage of engineers- women are a fairly untapped resource right now so this initiative is very exciting.
NASA Mars Public Engagement Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA
In honor of "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day", February 23, 2006, the Mars Public Engagement program and NASA's Robotics Alliance Project, in partnership with the HUD Neighborhood Networks Program, hosted a webcast for young people interested in robotics and engineering.
On the Women Working on Mars webcast students saw and heard from a diverse group of women engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 40-minute production highlighted an inside look at what they thought about engineering when they were young and what they do now as professional engineers.
Following the shows, log on to our live web chat and ask your questions directly of women engineers working at NASA! Contact Stephenie.firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/video/webcast.html
Maui Economic Development Board, Kihei, HI
Maui's 5th Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED), also known as Girl Day, was held on Thursday, February 23, 2006 in conjunction with National Engineering Week (February 19-25) to increase interest in engineering among girls and raise awareness of the contributions engineers make to the community.
“Middle school girls are especially targeted for Girl Day since studies show that this is the age where they begin to lose interest in math and science - important disciplines required for an engineering career,” Leslie Wilkins, Women in Technology (WIT) Director, explained. “More than half of engineers are up for retirement, yet only 9% of engineers nationally are female,” she noted. “Only 5% of Hawaii engineers are women. The need for qualified engineers is reaching a critical point.”
As part of the national day-long event, over 30 seventh and eighth grade girls from Maui County middle schools will job-shadow local engineers from the County of Maui and private companies who will host the girls at their offices and at worksites showcasing the work they do. In the past, more than half of the participating students commented that IGED brought needed awareness about the contributions of engineers and inspired them to pursue a career in the field. An 8th grade participant from IGED 2005 expressed that “(she) got to see what an engineer really does, not just read about what they do. They design, manage, use technology to find efficient ways to improve communities and help people.”
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day has been organized and hosted for the past five years by the Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology Project in partnership with the County of Maui, and the Hawaii Society of Engineers - Maui Chapter. Contact Jenilynne Gaskin email@example.com Webpage: www.womenintech.com
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
We will be hosting our 35th annual Career Day for Girls program on Saturday, February 25, 2006 in the Technological Institute at Northwestern's Evanston campus from 9am-3:30pm. The day consists of a keynote speaker, mini-design competition, lab tours and engineering panels. Pre-registration is required for all participants. Please contact Ellen Worsdall at 847-491-5173 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration opens January 6th and space is limited. See http://msgroups.mccormick.northwestern.edu/swe/
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Would like to participate with local high schools and middle schools. I am starting a mathcounts and tutoring program with some local schools. We also have many high school girls involved in our university's web-based intro to engineering class. Contact email@example.com or www.olemiss.edu
University of Texas at Austin
On Saturday, February 25, 2006 from 2-5 p.m. families and educators are invited to join their students at The University of Texas at Austin for an afternoon of engineering fun. Girl Day gives over 1,000 first through ninth grade students a chance to:
- have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities
- interact with over 200 students, professors and engineers from industry
- explore discovery booths hosted by student organizations, corporate partners and community organizations.
Participating Girl Scouts are able to receive a Girl Day patch available through partnership with the Lone Star Girl Scout Council. Current engineering students are provided leadership and presentation skills development opportunities. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to http://www.engr.utexas.edu/wep/
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus
As part of our projects during this school year we have been talking to high school girls about the importance of engineering. From these schools, we will pick one school from each of the four regions of the island, the school that has more girls interested in engineering. During E-week, we will have a day in which these girls go with us during the morning and take our classes. During the afternoon, the girls will have the opportunity to go around school and learn about the different projects they can get involved with while studying engineering. Also we plan to do some engineering challenges for them to solve, so they start getting the feeling of what an engineer does. Contacts: email@example.com and www.ece.uprm.edu/swe
Comments: We need materials to give out to the girls. Not only informational, but motivational. Make them feel proud of their choice. In Puerto Rico we have a lot of women engineers, and what I believe has made us study engineering is the fact that in Puerto Rico people are very aware of the importance of engineers and students are constantly encouraged to study engineering.
DeVry University, Princeton, NJ
Provide outreach sessions to area high schools targeting the female population during E-week. Invite high school and middle school students to university and provide seminars and hands-on workshops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.devry.edu/locations/campuses/loc_ftwashingtoncampus.jsp
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1. A local organization will sponsor an E-week luncheon with a speaker on Women in Engineering and Science for Princeton WIT members.
2. We also hope to obtain sponsorship from local organization to organize visits by volunteer engineers to area high schools and middle schools.
Contact email@example.com Go to www.worldwit.org/Chapters/PrincetonWIT
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
July 9-14, 2006, Women in Engineering Summer Camp: A six-day residential program sponsored by the University of Dayton introduces high school women to career opportunities in engineering. Participants experience a total immersion into the world of engineering through classroom activities, participatory experiments, visits to industries, and contact with practicing women engineers. If you have completed at least the ninth grade and are interested in science, math, or engineering, apply now. Application deadline is June 9, 2006. Tuition $400. For more information, visit http://engineering.udayton.edu/wie, call 937-229-3296 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
The Purdue Women in Engineering Program will host an event for high school sophomores and juniors on February 11. Activities will be performed by the students to learn about alternative energy sources. Lunch and campus tours will be included. On-line registration can be found at our website. www.purdue.edu/wiep. Contact email@example.com
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
WPI will host a half day session for area middle/high school girls and their parents/teachers in honor of National Engineers Week. The program is being held on the 3rd of February due to local school vacation conflicts. The event will include, a panel with students, faculty and staff from admissions, tours of engineering labs, a robotics demonstration, a SEGWAY demonstration, a reception with our campus SWE chapter and a break out activity with a presentation of results to follow. Website: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Women/Girls/IGED/
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
We will send 3 - 4 girls to several area high schools thru-out the week to give a presentation to 11 and 12th grade girls interested in learning more about engineering in particular, and what our university has to offer. Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org and see http://www.eng.ysu.edu/~phisigmachi/
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Several students will visit a local high school to talk about why they chose engineering and to do an activity with the students. Local high schools are also being invited to an open house held during Engineers Week. email@example.com
University of Maryland, Girl Scouts, College Park, MD
Girl Scout Engineering Saturday (GSES) is a program for local Girl Scout troops in Maryland and the surrounding area. Cadettes and Seniors (grades 7-12) engage in fun hands-on activities and work towards earning the Inventions and Inquiry Project patch. firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.eng.umd.edu/wie
Goals of GSES
- To expose Girl Scout Troops to engineering related activities.
- To introduce young women to professional career options in engineering or science.
- To provide university students with the chance to develop and implement engineering related activities, and to enhance their communication and leadership skills.
Colorado School of Mines, Girl Scouts and SWE, Golden, CO
The 8th annual Girl Scouts Badge Day at the School of Mines is a collaboration between the local Girl Scout council – Mile Hi Council - and the SWE chapter at the Colorado School of Mines. At this fun and engaging annual event, 200 Junior Girl Scouts are introduced to Engineering Everything, our council badge created for this event, Phantastic Physics, Chem-Mystery, Women in the Military and Computer Fun, with badges or patches for each. As a result of participating in this event, girls have enrolled at the School of Mines or have chosen engineering as their major, as well as the majority becoming enthused about STEM topics as future careers while being introduced to campus life. Thanks to the 45 women (and some men) SWE students, the 200 girls and their 60 adults begin to see engineering everywhere! Handouts are distributed with information about National Engineers Week. : email@example.com See also www.girlscoutsmilehi.org
University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
The University of Florida SWE chapter will be bringing 80 middle school girls from Alachua County to shadow 50 female engineering students. The activities will include visiting engineering labs, attending engineering classes, a question and answer session as well as hands-on activities to stimulate their interest in engineering. This will be the third year that our chapter hosts this event. firstname.lastname@example.org See http://grove.ufl.edu/~sweuf
DeVry University, Fort Washington, PA
DeVry University in Fort Washington, PA will host a day long forum February 24 for high school girls who are considering careers in science, technology, and engineering. The event will feature several hands-on workshops including a leadership workshop as well as a panel on career choices and advice on balancing work life with family life. The forum will allow attendees to discuss challenges they might face as women entering the science engineering and technology professions. The conference will begin at 8:45 in the DeVry Universitry Fort Washington Commons. Forough Ghahramani, Chair of Biomedical Informatics and Computer Information Systems will deliver the welcome address. Dianna Neff, CIOT of the City of Philadelphia will be the keynote speaker. The panelists include Helen Muth and Alicia Kempf of Honeywell, Angela Jones of Accenture Technology Solutions, Dr. Catherine Hunt of Rohm and Haas, Ms. Jane-Ellen Miller of Sungard Collegis. DeVry University professors, Forough Ghahramani, Michelle Lawson, and Lisa Shui will also speak. Please contact email@example.com for more information. http://www.devry.edu/locations/campuses/loc_ftwashingtoncampus.jsp
Youth Groups and K-12 Schools
Girl Scouts, Highland Park, IL
Cadette/Senior Girl Scout Troop.
Girl Scouts, Salem, IN
On Saturday, November 19, 2005, my girl scout troop hosted "Engineering Try-It Day" in Salem, Indiana. At this Try-It Day, we set up stations to provide Brownie Girl Scouts (Grades K-3) to earn 6 Try-Its. They earned Math Fun, Movers, Numbers & Shapes, Science In Action, Science Wonders, and Playing Around The World. These Try-Its included all of the math and science try-its available in the Brownie Try-It Book. We had over 110 Girl Scouts from 14 troops, 2 states, and 2 Girl Scout Councils participated in Engineering Try-It Day.
I organized engineering try-it day to expose young girls to science and math. I wanted to show them that these subjects could be fun and exciting. I also wanted to be a resource for other leaders that did not have a science and math background.
Girl Scouts, Phoenix, AZ
The E-Week Phoenix Committee plans on doing a workshop with a local Girl Scout troop. The date is Feb. 27 and the time is 6-7:30 pm. We plan on discussing with the girls our jobs and then doing a hands on activity. We also invite this Girl Scout troop and other troops from around the Valley area to participate in E-Day at the AZ Science Center.
Contact: Suzanna.Cottrell@gdc4s.com and http://eweek-phx.org/
isisHawaii, Honolulu HI
isisHawaii is a Hawaii-based non-profit organization that provides online mentoring resources for women and girls pursuing STEM interests. We are partnering with the student chapter of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Society of Women Engineers for an "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" event. Middle and high school girls interested in exploring engineering will participate in activities including a fun, hands-on game, an interactive webcast forum presenting a panel of local women engineers, and a workshop for IEEE Bruce Angwin Memorial Scholarship applicants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and see http://www.isishawaii.org
Chidi Olisa in Nigeria says, “I intend to tell and convince young girls to challenge their male counterparts, that what a man can do a woman can do even better.”
Elementary School, Springdale, MD
I plan on working with my local elementary school grades 5-6 on Thursday, February 23rd. Since my academic background is Chemical Engineering, I plan on teaching those students Heat Transfer through a variety of hands-on projects. email@example.com
Irving Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO
Present “Engineering” and types of engineering to Middle School Students. Teach an all Engineering class to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to inform them what engineering is and fields of study. Gary Hilty, firstname.lastname@example.org Girls are a small majority in Engineering. We need to promote them and let them understand that they also can accomplish and become engineers and technicians.
Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Lynn, MA
Girls Incorporated of Lynn will celebrating Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday February 23 by offering two workshops during the day, the Radioactive Ping Pong Balls and Candy Tower Structure Challenge followed by an activity with a group of engineers from our local General Electric plant who volunteer in our program regularly. The activity with the engineers from GE is titled What's an Engineer? The girls in our program work in small groups to come up with twenty questions to ask each of the volunteers and then they share their findings with the whole group. This activity helps the girls understand that there are many different types of engineers even working within the same company and it also helps them learn more about the volunteers as people. www.girlsinclynn.org email@example.com
Girl Scouts of the Old 96 Council, Clemson University W.I.S.E., SC
Girls will participate in a day long event at Clemson University. Girls will have the opportunity to learn and experience different areas of science and engineering, through hands-on learning. The girls will also have the opportunity to work with young women in the Clemson Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. Christine Bettens, firstname.lastname@example.org and www.old96girlscouts.org
Science Centers, Museums, Libraries
Volunteer Associations and Professional Organizations
Society of Women Engineers, Metrotech Chapter, Brooklyn, NY
Our section of SWE is getting re-started after being out of the light for a while. We are trying to help out in any way possible, so our goals are to get more women in our school to join SWE and to reach younger girls about the importance of engineering. email@example.com and http://acm.poly.edu/~swe
Society of Women Engineers
SWE Chapters across the U.S. have made plans for Engineers Week. Click here to see the list of SWE events planned for Arizona, California, Colorado , Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
FL AWWA Region X and Myakka Chapter, Florida Engineering Society, Longboat Key, FL
I am taking a group of female engineers (appx. 12) to the local high school for a presentation during two periods for math and science classes. The audience will be mixed and it is unknown how many teachers will choose to participate. It was hard to organize a presentation to just girls. We will display local scholarship forms from AWWA and FES. We will also display brochures from the Univ. of Fla and Univ. of South Fla Colleges of Engineering. Each presenter will say why they chose to become an engineer and what their job is like today (after all those math classes). Contact Anne Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
Society of Women Engineers, Colorado Springs, CO
Four local companies will be hosting a total of 72 middle school girls. Girls will get to do activities at each site to learn about engineering from female engineers. Angela Howard at email@example.com and http://www.swe-pps.org
International Institute of Women in Engineering (Mexican chapter), Toluca, Mexico
We participated yesterday taking 22 girls to Barcel, and 26 to Bimbo. These two are Mexican companies. The girls toured the production plant, and were told about what engineers do at these companies. ILEANA CASTILLO ARIAS firstname.lastname@example.org