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  • As part of this coalition, WGBH conducted qualitative consumer research with high school girls, school counselors, and engineers and found that the current messages that emphasize “the necessity of superior math and science skills” and the notion of “a challenging and stressful career” are not relevant to high school girls.
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    1. 1. Photo Credit: Tom Coughlin, Nicaragua Summer Exchange 2007 Talking to High School Girls about Engineering
    2. 2. Project Overview Inspire college-bound girls to explore engineering Provide resources for adult influencers—parents, counselors, and engineers  www.EngineerYourLife.org  Brochures, posters, and postcards  EYL tables at college fairs  Training for counselors and engineers
    3. 3. Today’s Agenda • Group Discussion • Research Results • www.EngineerYourLife.org • Advising Students • Spreading the word
    4. 4. Group Discussion • What are the first two words that come to mind when you hear “engineer”? • What type of person do you think is most suited to be an engineer? • What do high school girls think about engineering? • What do their parents think?
    5. 5. Project History In 2004, 55 engineering groups formed a coalition to explore “why aren’t college-bound girls choosing engineering?” • Less than 20% of students enrolled in engineering degree programs are women, yet more women are now pursuing college degrees than men • Girls take math and science courses at the same rates as boys, and perform as well as or better
    6. 6. Research • Gauge high school girls’ level of interest in and awareness of careers in the engineering field • Assess general career motivators and barriers to the engineering field • Evaluate current messages being put forward to the target audience by the engineering community • Explore messaging opportunities for increasing enrollment in the engineering field
    7. 7. What Do High School Girls Think? • Engineering is for people who LOVE both math and science • Don’t know what engineering is • Aren’t interested in the field nor do they think it is “for them.” “Someone who excels in math and science.... Someone who is motivated, dedicated, and who doesn’t mind sitting in a cubicle all day.”
    8. 8. What High School Girls Want Enjoyable “How happy I will be—what’s the point of doing anything you don’t like?” Good working environment “If I can’t interact with people…I will probably drop the job.” To make a difference “That I would make a difference in some way, you know, make my mark on the world.” Income “As shallow as it sounds, money is the one thing I have to consider when I’m choosing a job. I’m not going to do something that I know can’t help me pay bills.” Flexibility “My career can’t consume all of my time…I need free time to do a lot of other things…before I die.”
    9. 9. What Do Counselors Think? • It is not popular or well-understood, there is a fundamental lack of awareness • Appropriate only for unique students • Students who are interested tend to be on the honors track and heavily involved with a math and science curriculum—primarily males • Nerd perception. When recommending engineering to students who have been identified as good problem solvers, students are shocked. They don’t think of themselves as nerds.
    10. 10. Counselors, cont. • Don’t know enough about engineering to help students learn more • Not familiar with how to guide students toward engineering • When asked how students can learn more about engineering, the respondents suggested that students should go “online” or check out local university departments
    11. 11. Meet an Engineer QuickTime™ and a Sorenson Video 3 decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    12. 12. What Engineers Like about their Careers • “I feel pretty lucky to have such a creative and interesting job. I’m surrounded by brilliant people. It doesn’t seem like work. It’s just plain fun!” - Judy Lee • “I enjoy the travel and interacting with an amazing array of people.” - Daniele Lantagne • “It’s never boring. I feel that I can make a difference in society by working on new technologies to improve people’s lives.” - Mona Masghati • “Engineering is such a versatile field. It is practical, applicable, and always in demand.” - Molly Lebowitz
    13. 13. What Can We Tell Girls about Engineering Appeal to Girls Boys Live your life, love what you do 82% 81% Creativity has its rewards 74% 81% Make a world of difference 72% 79% Create possibilities 71% 77%
    14. 14. www.EngineerYourLife.org Audience • High school girls • Parents, counselors, & engineers The site will help you • Understand the various fields of engineering • Learn what an engineer does • Find out why engineering is a great career • Advise your kids about engineering
    15. 15. Take Engineering for a Test Drive • Take engineering courses in school • Attend a summer or after-school program • Watch Design Squad • Talk to engineers • Enter a contest • Consider an internship or summer job “Try as many things as possible. Find internships in different areas, experiment, and make sure that you see all that engineering can offer.” - Rachel Fine, Mechanical Engineer
    16. 16. Recommended High School Coursework • Math (4 years) • Science (4 years) • Language Arts (4 years) • Foreign Languages (3 years) “It’s important to take a rich variety of classes and learn everything you can because you never know. Life changes. Getting a full education will benefit you later on in ways you can’t imagine now.” - Tara Teich, Computer Engineer
    17. 17. Researching Engineering Schools • Do a search • Make contact • Look for interesting opportunities • Consider your options • Talk to your parents “Follow your passions … find out what really captures your interest and then determine the path to get there.” - Daniele Lantagne, Environmental Engineer
    18. 18. Scholarships and Financial Aid • Do an online search • U.S. Department of Education • Local opportunities • Colleges/Universities • Higher Education Resource Centers • Engineering Societies and Associations “If I knew then what I know now, I could have applied for plenty more scholarships. There are a lot of opportunities out there.” - Melissa Reeves, Electrical Engineering Student
    19. 19. Resources for Advising Students • www.EngineerYourLife.org • Engineer Your Life Brochure • Engineer Your Life Poster • Take Engineering for a Test Drive • Recommended High School Coursework • Researching Engineering Schools • Scholarships and Financial Aid
    20. 20. Help Spread the Word • Tell girls, parents, and other counselors about Web site • Use the EYL resources when advising students • Distribute brochures, posters, postcards • Host EYL workshops at local, state, and regional conferences • Visit the EYL table at NACAC college fairs
    21. 21. Special Thanks to: Major funding for Engineer Your Life provide by: • The National Science Foundation • Northrop Grumman Foundation Additional funding provided by: • Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. • United Engineering Foundation (ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, AIME)

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