Inspiring Girls to Be Engineers
Feb 21, 2012
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National Engineers Week and ExxonMobil Foundation are collaborating for the ninth year to organize "Introduce a Girl to Engineering." ExxonMobil employees will host students at 13 company locations across the United States. The program seeks to promote curiosity among middle school students, and help shrink the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

"We can inspire our nation's youth to pursue STEM careers by capturing their interest at an early age," said Suzanne McCarron, president, ExxonMobil Foundation. "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."

ExxonMobil employees will lead hands-on activities that connect math and science to real life while reinforcing classroom instruction.

"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. "It's because of the outstanding support and partnership from the ExxonMobil Foundation and ExxonMobil employees that we are able introduce thousands of young students to a fulfilling future in engineering."

The National Science Foundation reports that women make up half of the workforce but hold only 13% of engineering jobs.

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