ExxonMobil Engineers Help Close Gender Gap in Math and Science
Ninth annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” program benefits hundreds of middle school students
- Close to 1,000 students across the country participate in hands-on activities
- Middle school students interact with role models at 13 ExxonMobil locations
- Program sparks students’ curiosity in the science, technology, engineering and math fields
IRVING, Texas--(ExxonMobil Foundation is collaborating with National Engineers Week for the ninth consecutive year to present “Introduce a Girl to Engineering,” where ExxonMobil employees will host students at 13 company locations across the country. The program seeks to promote curiosity among middle school students, and help shrink the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.)--
“We can inspire our nation’s youth to pursue STEM careers by capturing their interest at an early age,” said Suzanne McCarron, president, ExxonMobil Foundation. “By building confidence through role models and engaging activities, our program helps address STEM career stereotypes and allows young women to explore and appreciate the engineering profession.”
ExxonMobil employees will lead fun hands-on activities that connect math and science to real life while also reinforcing classroom instruction. Example activities include demonstrations on how the energy industry uses 3D technology to search for oil and natural gas; water purification experiments; bridge-building with straws; exploring the science of manufacturing cosmetics; and panel discussions with ExxonMobil engineers.
“National Engineers Week is committed to getting kids engaged in math and science, especially girls who are not well represented in these fields,” said Leslie Collins, executive director of National Engineers Week. “It’s because of the outstanding support and partnership from the ExxonMobil Foundation and ExxonMobil employees that we are able introduce thousands of young students to a fulfilling future in engineering.”
The need to engage girls in math and science studies, and eventually careers, is critical. According to the National Science Foundation, women make up half of the workforce, yet hold only 13 percent of engineering jobs.
More than 4,000 students have participated in math and science activities conducted at ExxonMobil facilities or had a classroom visit from a company volunteer since ExxonMobil began the program more than a decade ago.
About ExxonMobil Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.
Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2010, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $237 million in contributions worldwide, of which $110 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
About National Engineers Week
National Engineers Week (eweek.org), founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society and is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. For more information please visit www.eweek.org.
Posted: February 20, 2012