WASHINGTON DC – Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the many amazing engineering innovations, large and small, that touch all of our daily lives. With this year’s theme Engineers: Inspiring Wonder, Engineers Week is again highlighted by one of its tentpole programs, the 17th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day (#GirlDay2018)
Set for February 22, 2018, Girl Day connects girls with engineer role models for a hands-on empowering experience that inspires girls’ futures and enables them to find their place in engineering a better world. 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.
In 2018, Girl Day will again be highlighted by a Capitol Hill luncheon briefing that is open to lawmakers, non-profits and corporations. The briefing, taking place on February 13, 12pm – 1pm at the Rayburn House Office Building, 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.
Speakers at the briefing include:
- Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D- New Mexico), Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Native American Caucus, Natural Gas Caucus. Founder of the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus
- Representative David B. McKinley, P.E. (R- West Virginia), Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment
- Joel Creswell on behalf of 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
- Theresa Hodge, P.E.- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
- Dr. Michael Smith - DiscoverE Diversity Council Chair, Deputy Executive Director, Internal Operations of The National GEM Consortium
- Sukari Brown- Annual Convention Planning Committee Vice Chairperson 2017-2018, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Racheida Lewis- National Vice Chair at National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Shirali Patel- Senior Product Manager, Raytheon
- Kaitlyn Ludlum- Society of Women Engineers (SWE) high school member
- Nikki Nola Gordon- Region II Chair, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Girl Scouts of the USA
DiscoverE is hosting a Girl Day twitter chat on Wednesday, February 21st at 8pm (EST). Entitled Inspire Wonder: Introduce a Girl to Engineering, panelists will include Girl Day Role Models from Raytheon, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and TE Connectivity. Follow #GirlDay2018chat to join this exciting discussion about how to engage girls in engineering.
Girl Day 2018 sponsors include 3M Foundation, Bechtel, ExxonMobil Corporation, Fluor Corporation, IBM International Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, NCEES, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Rockwell Collins, TE Connectivity, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
This year, in addition to the many local Girl Day activities planned across the United States, schools, engineering clubs, libraries and others are organizing screenings for girls to watch Dream Big, the giant screen film that transforms how we think about engineering as it takes viewers on a journey of discovery. Discussions and interactive activities are included as part of many of these screenings.
The Girl Day events, ranging from corporate sponsored programs to grassroots activities, include:
- In Orange County, CA, WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar), a national organization of transportation professionals, is offering 125 middle school and high school girls opportunities to discover career paths in transportation planning and engineering through fun and informative hands-on activities.
- In Cedar Rapids, IA, NewBoCo will host a girls only coding camp. Girls will learn HTML and CSS to build their own website and about careers in computer science and engineering.
- In St. Louis, the Park College of Engineering is inviting high school girls to visit the university engineering department and visit different labs from each discipline. Students are given an engineering challenge and then attend a networking lunch with professionals and undergrads.
- The Women in Engineering program at UT Austin is holding a half day event for K-8 students on the UT campus. Girls meet students and working engineers for hands-on activities, demonstrations. The event provides a unique opportunity for girls to engage in engineering as well as other STEM topics at their own pace
- Engineering For Kids of Metro Atlanta will host 46 3rd-5th grade girls from Title I schools for an aerospace engineering workshop. Another event at a Maker Station for 12 3rd-5th grade girls for a mechatronic engineering workshop. Girls will meet engineers.
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.
Sayles & Winnikoff Communications