November 2, 2017
Approximately 120 girls from a variety of ASD schools participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Wednesday, Nov. 1, a nationwide program to introduce young women to the exciting and diverse career fields available in engineering. This event is sponsored locally by ExxonMobil, the Girl Scouts of Alaska, the UAA Robotics Club, and ASD.
Participating students spent the day conducting hands-on experiments, experiencing group problem solving challenges, and learning to work together to improve processes, while exploring a range of activities related to the engineering field. During lunch, students listened to a discussion panel composed of local female engineers from different disciplines sharing their backgrounds, educational and professional experiences.
“Our collaboration brings together a broader set of experiences and insights into the role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play in our world,” said Kaitlyn Payne, an Environmental and Regulatory Advisor for ExxonMobil. “STEM education is essential for the next generation to tackle the increasingly complex challenges within a range of applications and industries. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a wonderful community collaboration that empowers and shows young girls they can achieve anything.”