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At Engineer Your Life web site high school girls can "virtually" meet young women engineers and learn about their careers. Twelve women tell their inspiring stories on the web site -- about working with their communities, solving real problems, and how they came to choose engineering as a profession. Eleven engineering fields are described at the site, with information on possible engineering projects, starting salaries, resources, and additional young engineers talking about their careers in their own words. A third section explains how to prepare for college engineering programs, with information on what high school classes to take, the experience of being an engineering student, and choosing an engineering program.
Parents, counselors, teachers, and other educators will also find useful information about engineering at the Web site, as well as resources and training for advising high school students about engineering careers.
The themes of Engineer Your Life:
* CREATIVITY HAS ITS REWARDS,
*EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES, and
*MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
were developed through extensive research on ways to appeal to girls who are qualified to enter undergraduate engineering programs but who may not have considered engineering as a career. These themes are being used in a national campaign to encourage high school girls, assist guidance counselors and teachers, and mobilize engineers into outreach efforts.
Additional funding provided by Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. and the United Engineering Foundation (ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, AIME).