Engineer Your Life: Spark Girls’ Interest in Engineering

This Web Seminar took place on February 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Ellen Robinson, and Thea Sahr from WGBH. . In this program, Ms. Robinson and Ms. Sahr discussed Engineer Your Life, an initiative that encourages young women to consider careers in STEM fields.

In this seminar, Ellen Robinson and Thea Sahr introduced participants to Engineer Your Life by leading them on a web tour. The Engineer Your Life program is a national campaign that showcases engineering as an exciting and rewarding career choice for high school girls. The presenters shared ideas, suggestions, and guidance for engaging young women with engineering concepts and encouraging them to consider engineering as an area of university study and future occupation.

Thirty-six (36) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I teach 10-11 mostly and they are starting to and applying to colleges and often say they like to do these things but do not know what field to go into.”

  • “We are currently improving our science program to incorporate more engineering and math/science applicability to problem solving.”

  • “This topic was something I really had not thought about. I will be able to help girls understand at an early age that engineering can be a great career.”

  • “I enjoyed the websites they gave us to show other educators.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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