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ExxonMobil hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

engineering girlsExxonMobil hosted Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Lamar University on April 8 at the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.  This is the second year ExxonMobil has invited 80 eighth grade girls (ten each from eight local schools) to encourage them to envision careers in math and science as they learn about the exciting aspects of engineering careers.

After a kick-off presentation, the junior high girls were separated into four groups of 20. There were four separate activities through which each group rotated. They had a bridge building activity, made lip gloss, talked to a panel of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals and toured two LU campus engineering labs. The Lamar chapter of the Society of Women Engineers volunteered to assist in conducting tours of the civil engineering lab and the chemical engineering lab.

Although women comprise about half of the U.S. workforce, they hold only 14 percent of engineering jobs, according to the Economics and Statistics Administration.  According to a report by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, women comprise 14 percent of the engineering workforce and represent just 27 percent of mathematics and computer-science professionals.

The activities are designed to showcase the fun and unique applications of science, technology, engineering and math that help solve everyday problems. ExxonMobil engineers and Lamar University students served as on-site mentors, leading experiments that demonstrate the creative and collaborative aspects of engineering.