Give girls the opportunity to discover engineering and watch the amazing things that can happen! That’s the message of DiscoverE’s 18th Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day, the annual program that connects girls from all over the country and the world with local engineer role models for an empowering, experiential day of hands-on fun and learning that opens up a world of possibility, inspires futures and has the potential to change lives.
Set for February 21, 2019, each Girl Day event is packed with interactive workshops, lab tours, on-line discussions and more at businesses, universities, libraries and other venues.
In 2019, Girl Day will again be highlighted by a Capitol Hill luncheon briefing that is open to lawmakers, non-profits. The event, taking place on February 13, 12pm – 1pm at the Rayburn House Office Building, corporations, will be livestreamed on DiscoverE.org beginning at 12.15 pm. 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 to her future.
The event host is Representative 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. Fox5DC morning anchor Holly Morris will moderate a panel discussion on girls and engineering. The entire event will also be available wherever you are via livestream at DiscoverE.org.
Girl Day 2019 sponsors include 3M Foundation, Bechtel, Collins Aerospace, ExxonMobil Corporation, Fluor Corporation, IBM International Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, NCEES, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, TE Connectivity, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc and the United Engineering Foundation.
The local Girl Day events, ranging from corporate sponsored programs to grassroots activities, include:
- Collins Aerospace will host over 1,000 female students at over 21 sites across the globe. Students will participate in a variety of activities that will provide a first-hand look at the exciting career opportunities that exist in engineering. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the students will get a tour of a virtual reality lab, try on the F-35 fighter jet helmet and fly a plane in a flight simulator. The students will also get to build a prosthetic arm for a child in need, learn how a circuit works, defend a system from cyberattacks, fly a drone and more.
In Charlotte, N.C., Collins is hosting their event at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Working with FIRST NC, the day’s activities include designing, building and programming LEGO robots. The girls will also tour the museum while speaking with leaders from Collins Aerospace about careers in the aerospace industry. The day will end with a panel discussion with four female leaders who all received degrees in engineering but have taken different career paths (including one former astronaut).
- In an event designed to expose more girls to the gaming industry, INTech Camp For Girls will host an event in Raleigh, NC to show how technology is used to build games. During this all-day event, community partners will host multiple workshops where girls will be able to dive deep into what it takes to build a game. There will also be an opportunity for them to create their own gaming characters and game worlds.
- In New Jersey, Kean University will host Calvin Coolidge Elementary School’s First Annual Girl Day Engineering Extravaganza for 20 second grade female students. The girls will have the opportunity to listen to female engineers, ask questions and take part in activities. The program will include high school and college mentors.
- In Ogba, Ikeja, Nigeria, Center4Tech, a technology training facility designed to equip Nigerian youth with 21st Century technology skills, will feature Girl Day activities that include fun hands-on events where the participants will get to build engineering solutions using electronic components, as well as tinker with 3D design and printing. The events will be followed by a Q&A.
- At the Cal Poly Pomona, College of Engineering Girl Day event, middle school girls will have the opportunity to explore careers in engineering. There will be five break-out groups that the students will rotate through to experience different engineering activities. The day will include a guest speaker during lunch.
- Boys & Girls Club of Northern Alabama will host a Girls Engineering Takeover event, a one-day engineering conference where girls ages 10-13 will be engaged in activities, connect with women engineers and a compete in a design competition. The event will take place in two stages, the first being at each local club location before the event and the second at a central location where all the clubs will come together to meet local women engineers, learn about STEM careers and complete workshops.
- The local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host a carnival style event at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.150 middle school girls will participate in engineering activities at the school’s Walter Scott Jr. Biomedical College of Engineering. The participants will be grouped with a collegiate and professional role model, with a wide variety of activities led by engineering student organizations. Parent educator panels will also be held throughout the day to give insight on how to encourage young women pursuing STEM careers.
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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