Girls’ Engineering Event This Weekend
The February 25 event is part of an annual national campaign to get girls interested in engineering.
National Engineers Week, established in 1951, is traditionally celebrated the week of Presidents Day in February, largely because George Washington is often called the nation’s first engineer.
Part of that week is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, sometimes shortened to simply Girl Day, which will be celebrated for the 16th year February 23.
Later in the week, on February 25, the Franklin Institute will commemorate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The Institute will have volunteers on hand from the Society of Women Engineers and Dow, for a day full of hands-on activities between 10 am and 4 pm. The activities are free with admission to the museum.
The Franklin Institute describes Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day as “a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering,” with thousands of people — including engineers and teachers — acting as role models and helping to “educate girls about how engineers change our world. This simple act has turned many girls on to engineering and technology careers.”
On a national basis, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is facilitated by DiscoverE, a volunteer movement that encourages careers in engineering fields. DiscoverE held a reception for lawmakers on Capitol Hill on February 15, during which they touted Girl Day. It’s also supported by such organizations as the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Engineering Forum and the MSI Foundation.
Among other goals, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is geared towards addressing the traditional under-representation of women in the engineering fields, and encouraging girls to consider pursuing a career in engineering.
The #GirlDay2017 Twitter hashtag will be in effect on February 23 and leading up to that day as well.
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