Designated Day Engages Girls in Engineering

Girls explored structural engineering concepts with a tower-building challenge during last year's "Girls Day" event at the Siemens plant in West Chicago, Ill. (Photo: Siemens) 

Today is “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” an annual national event that connects girls with hands-on experiences that offer a glimpse of the various careers in engineering. Now in its 15th year, local activities will be held around the country including workshops, lab tours and discussions at businesses, universities, libraries and other venues. The day is also one of the flagship events that make up Engineers Week.

Online discussions will also be held throughout the day (use the hashtags #GirlDay2016 and #BringItOut) as a call to action for adult influencers to increase interest in engineering among girls. Women engineering professionals and students will deliver personal messages about their experiences as role models and how important they are to inspiring the next generation of engineers. As part of the conversations, Lockheed Martin and Girls Inc. will be hosting a Twitter chat today at 5 p.m. (ET) with the hashtag #GirlDayChat.

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