16th Annual Girl Day to Be Highlighted By High-Profile Capitol Hill Briefing in Washington DC

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Release Date: 

February 10th, 2017

Engineers Dream Big and Celebrate

Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day 2017,

An International Day to Bring Out the Engineer in Every Girl


 WASHINGTON DC - February 10, 2017 - The 16th Annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day®, an international event set for February 23, 2017, provides girls with a hands-on look at the fascinating world of engineering and inspires them to Dream Big! Thousands of engineers, teachers and others, acting as role models, educate girls about how engineers change our world. This simple act has turned many girls on to engineering and technology careers. 

Each year this engaging, immersive day of activities is packed with workshops, lab tours, on-line discussions and more at businesses, universities, libraries and other venues across the country. Starting at noon (ET) on February 23, DiscoverE is hosting a Twitter Chat (#GirlDay2017chat). The topic will be the importance of role models to engage girls in engineering. High profile engineering professionals from both the public and private sectors are scheduled to participate. 

This year, Girl Day is again celebrated with a high-profile luncheon and briefing on February 15, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Open to lawmakers, non-profits and corporations, the briefing will share messages for encouraging girls in STEM and will illustrate how even one engineering experience for a girl can make a difference in her future.  

The briefing will be hosted again this year by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois), member of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology and Co-Chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Caucus.  Norma Jean Mattei, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will MC the proceedings. 

Niyah Bell, Washington DC seventh-grader from Girls Inc, DC , a partnership with Lockheed Martin, and Rebecca Grekin, MIT undergraduate and ExxonMobil LULAC Scholar, will be featured speakers and present their personal stories about how they became interested in engineering and science, and how they see that passion unfolding in the future.

Additional confirmed speakers include Rep. David McKinley (R-West Virginia), Rep. Paul D. Tonko (R-New York), and Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-Indiana).

The Capitol Hill briefing includes a sneak peek short clip of Dream Big, the new film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres. Dream Big will have its actual world premiere later that evening at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.  An inspiring look at the incredible world of engineering, Dream Big will be playing in museums and science centers around the world beginning February 17.

Delivering remarks about the film will be engineers from the film Avery Louise Bang, Chief Executive Officer, Bridges to Prosperity, Menzer Pehlivan, Geotechnical engineer, CH2M HILL and Roshellia Goines, Bechtel Project Engineer in Nuclear, Security & Environmental business.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is one of the tent pole events that make up Engineers Week, February 19-25, 2017.   Follow Girl Day at #GirlDay2017.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE 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. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.


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