Girls & Engineering

In spite of intensive recruiting efforts by schools offering engineering programs and professional engineering societies, the number of women employed as engineers in the United States has never reached 10%.¹ The following collection of resources aims to positively affect this trend by introducing girls to both the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) tools utilized by professional engineers and the wide variety of career possibilities afforded by choosing a career in engineering.

¹ Isaacs, B. "Mystery of the missing women engineers: A solution." Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. 127.2 (2001): 85-91.

Aspire
Aspire
Represents the K-12 outreach activities of the national organization, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Engineer Girl
Engineer Girl
A companion to the National Academy of Engineering's Engineer Your Life program and is intended for middle school girls with interests in pursuing the field of engineering.
Engineer Your Life
Engineer Your Life
The centerpiece of the National Academy of Engineering campaign , and is meant for high school girls and the adults in their lives (parents, counselors, teachers, and other educators) who want to learn more about what life and work are like for engineers. Goals are to introduce high school girls to young women engineers who embody these messages and to showcase engineering careers as desirable and attainable.
Girls' Electronic Mentoring in Science, Engineering and Technology (GEM-SET)
GEM-SET
A program designed to connect middle school and high school girls with professional women in Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) fields.
Girls Go Tech
Girls Go Tech
Site created by the Girl Scouts of USA to introduce girls to the fields of Science, Technology and Math.
Great Science for Girls (GSG)
GSG
GSG: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After-School Programs intends to build after-school centers to effectively deliver programming that will broaden and sustain girls' interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)
NGCP
The vision of NGCP is to bring together US organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE
Site provides information on engineering fields, a guide for high school girls on becoming engineers, activities for K-12 students, and a list of links to useful Web sites. Also included are answers to FAQs, information on the SWE high school student mentoring program, and scholarship information for undergraduates, graduate students, and re-entry students.
Techbridge
Techbridge
With their mission of encouraging girls in technology, science and engineering, the site offers after-school and summer programs with hands-on projects, career exploration opportunities, and academic and career guidance.