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Resources to Educate and Encourage an Engineering Career

Ideas that will generate fun and may help spark a girl’s interest in becoming an engineer

Girls in Engineering

CanTEEN GirlCanTEEN Career Exploration is an innovative resource to inspire girls to envision themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities.

Engineer GirlEngineer Girl is a similar site to Braincake that has been developed specifically for middle school girls.

Engineer Your LifeEngineer Your Life is a website about engineering for high school girls that includes inspiring role models.

SWE AspireSociety of Women Engineers Aspire provides an assortment of activities for doing engineering outreach.

DotdivaDotdiva is a collaboration of young women who promote the potential of a computing career to build a better world.

Girl GeeksGirl Geeks is an online community for women and girls interested in technology.

Gotta Have ITGotta have IT, developed by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), provides resources to encourage girls in computing. These resources encourage girls in computing and enhance K-12 computing education.

Sally Ride ScienceSally Ride Science offers books and activities as well as a downloadable copy of a parent handbook to help encourage their daughters’ interests in science, math, and technology.

The Nerd GirlsThe Nerd Girls are a group of women who strive to boost confidence and self-esteem by breaking down the stigmas that intimidate women from engineering. They are dedicated to bringing creativity to design and create things that benefit humanity.

The National Girls Collaborative ProjectThe National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States.

K-12 Engineering

K-12 STEM Activities (REMS)The Relevant Education in Math and Science (REMS) Program uses real-world scenarios to make math and science fun and meaningful for students in grades 5-12. Activities are designed to provide improved understanding and retention of mathematical and scientific concepts through the use of engineering practices.

Design SquadDesign Squad offers ideas for science and engineering activities in an informal setting. Design Squad is also a TV program with episodes that can be viewed online.

Zoom into EngineeringZoom into Engineering offers fun hands-on projects like Gumdrop Dome, Egg Bungee Jump, and Keep A Cube.

NASA for KidsNASA for Kids has ideas for making pop rockets, pizza box solar oven, and paper comets.

eGFIeGFI is part of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education.

Computer Science UnpluggedComputer Science Unplugged has a variety of fun and engaging activities that teach principles of computer science and involve teamwork and don’t require a computer.

ElencoElenco provides robots, science and construction sets to include Snap Circuits that are used in some WE@RIT camps. Snap Circuits are a simple and safe introduction to how circuits work with step-by-step directions to build simple circuits from making a motor spin or more advanced circuits that make a doorbell ring.

How Stuff WorksHow Stuff Works helps students research how all kinds of science and technology work—from CD burners and digital cameras to cloning and stem cells.

Lego MindstormsLego Mindstorms NXT enables students to build and program real-life robotic solutions. Kit contains the programmable NXT Brick; three interactive servo motors; ultrasonic, sound, light, and two touch sensors; a rechargeable DC battery; a DC charger; connecting cables; and full-color building instructions.

Promoting & Supporting Engineering Careers

Women in Engineering ProActive NetworkWomen in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) is a national not-for-profit organization that works to transofrm culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women. With a clear focus on research-based issues and solutions, WEPAN helps its members develop a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce for tomorrow.

DiscoverEThe DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week Foundation) provides resouces and programs that help promote and educate engineering careers as a dynamic profession. There are many resources for outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.

Engineering MessagingNational Academy of Engineering presents “Engineers-How are you changing the conversation?” Tested messages and tag lines that reposition engineering as a satisfying profession that involves creative ideas and teamwork to improve public image if engineering profession.

Society of Women EngineersSociety of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.

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