ExxonMobil Foundation is collaborating with National Engineers Week for the ninth consecutive year to present “Introduce a Girl to Engineering.” The program seeks to promote curiosity among middle school students and help shrink the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
“By building confidence through role models and engaging activities, our program helps address STEM career stereotypes and allows young women to explore and appreciate the engineering profession,” Suzanne McCarron, president of ExxonMobil Foundation, said.
ExxonMobil employees will lead activities that connect math and science to real life while reinforcing classroom instruction. Example activities include demonstrations of how the energy industry uses 3D technology to search for oil and natural gas; water-purification experiments; bridge-building with straws; exploring the science of manufacturing cosmetics; and panel discussions with ExxonMobil engineers.
“National Engineers Week is committed to getting kids engaged in math and science, especially girls who are not well represented in these fields,” said Leslie Collins, executive director of National Engineers Week.
According to the National Science Foundation, women make up half of the work force but hold only 13% of engineering jobs.