Engineering Week Encourages Girls in Math, Science

Engineering Week at UT Dallas 2012

Students from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School participated in the national program during an event at UT Dallas.

Engineering Week at UT Dallas 2012

In the field of engineering, the ratio of men to women in the workplace is nearly 9-to-1. To combat this staggering gap, a national movement called “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” has emerged to show girls the possibilities and the fun in math and science.

Last week, UT Dallas’ Office of Diversity and Community Engagement welcomed students from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School as part of the national program. The visiting girls worked together in groups on activities such as “speedy shelter,” “roving the moon” and the “blimp jet challenge.” They also met with members of the Texas Instruments Women’s Initiative and the UT Dallas chapter of Society of Women Engineers.

“The students met with role models, who showed the girls how much fun and excitement they can find in the fields of math and science. UT Dallas has a great engineering school and can make a great impact in attracting girls to become engineers,” said Dr. Magaly Spector, vice president of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Dallas.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was also made possible by The Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women’s Center’s SAWS initiative (Supporting and Advancing Women in STEM).

“We are glad to be part of this unique opportunity where teachers, girls, college students and professionals gather in one place to share stories and experiences,” said Lauren M. DeCillis, director of the Women’s Center.

The Women’s Center is dedicated to developing leadership opportunities for our female students, so they can share their success with young women following in their footsteps.”

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