EngineerGirl

Areas of Interest:

Diversity

Project Type:

Website

Latest Update: April 13, 2017
A key component of the National Academy of Engineering’s diversity program is the EngineerGirl Website (www.engineergirl.org)—a website that addresses the gender gap in engineering.

The purpose of the EngineerGirl website is to attract young girls to engineering at a time in their lives – middle school – when they are making important educational decisions that ultimately will impact their career options. The message that the site seeks to communicate is that students who become engineers can make a difference in society. The website which has been holding the number one spot on Google for “girls and engineering” since 2001 and has over 16,000 unique visitors per month, is a regular resource for educators, parents, and students alike. 

Among the most popular resources on the site, the Gallery of Women Engineers features profiles of women from all walks of life and highlights their daily life in engineering. Women volunteers from across the world post a picture and personal comments about their lives, their inspiration, and their careers. These volunteers also answer questions for website visitors in the “Ask an Engineer” feature which attracts questions from girls and young women from elementary school all the way through college and masters degree programs. 

In addition to the regular features, the popular annual EngineerGirl Essay Contest engages students (male and female students in grades K-12) in writing about some aspect of engineering, and is used by teachers of math, science, and even English as a writing assignment in their classrooms. Responses to the contest have been remarkably favorable, and in a 2009 survey of contest participants, 88% of female student respondents said participation in the contest changed their views about engineering. 85% of those students also indicated that they might consider studying engineering in college. You can access the web site at www.engineergirl.org.

Thousands of weekly visitors stop by to find interesting links, games, facts, teaching resources and career guidance. Here are some quotes from our visitors:

 “I am so glad that I found your website. I am a sophomore at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. I am currently a ‘Pre-engineering’ major, but I hope go on and receive a degree in Civil Engineering. But before viewing your website I was not 100% sure that this was the career path that I wanted to go into. But now I am certain…”

“…I am writing to you because I found your website and wanted to thank you for having a website up for young girls to see that being an engineer is not all about factories and desk jobs…”

“…Thanks for maintaining the Engineer Girl website. It gives [my daughter] a glimpse of how high she can reach with her engineering aspirations.”

Related Links
  • [Press Release]

    June 16, 2015

    EngineerGirl Announces 2015 “Engineering in Sports” Essay Contest Winners

    The National Academy of Engineering today announced the winners of its 2015 EngineerGirl national essay competition. This year’s national contest asked students in grades three to 12 to describe the engineering behind a technology used in playing, scoring, or training for a chosen sport. ... Read More

  • [Press Release]

    June 24, 2014

    EngineerGirl Announces 2014 Essay Contest Winners

    The National Academy of Engineering today announced the winners of its 2014 EngineerGirl essay competition . This year’s essay contest was held as the NAE celebrates its 50th anniversary and asked students in grades three to 12 to describe how engineering has addressed societal needs in the ... Read More

Project Status
In Progress
Project Sponsor

Chevron, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, & Science, Oracle