Girl Day 2023
Date: February 23, 2023
Inspire a girl’s future. Be a role model.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering, or Girl Day, is a time when volunteers, educators, and others act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and show girls how engineers change our world. DiscoverE’s Despite the Odds research found that this simple formula helps girls develop an interest in engineering, builds their confidence in their problem-solving skills, and creates a STEM identity.
Your Knowledge. Their Future.
Meet Victoria Ibarra. She attended her first “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at The University of Texas at Austin when she was 10 years old. That experience set her on the path to becoming an engineer. Now she is a Girl Day volunteer and hopes she can bring out the engineer in girls.
Tips for Being a Role Model
Role Models are diverse. But they have one thing in common—the understanding that role models can inspire girls and boys from all communities and backgrounds.
Your level of involvement is entirely up to you. You can engage students in a variety of ways:
- Talk with a child about engineering
Sometimes one interaction can change the course of a child’s future.
- Visit with students online or in-person
In as little as 45 minutes you can tell the students about your job, how your work makes a difference, lead a hands-on engineering activity, and answer their questions!
- Be a mentor or judge
Sign up! Future City virtual mentors and judges help students see the wonders of engineering as they create cities of the future.
Girls who report Girl Day mentors inspired them to consider a career in engineering.
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That’s the average grade Girl Day events receive from participants. When we asked how to make it even better they wanted more STEM activities. They also liked learning new things, eating good snacks, working in teams, and meeting engineers.
Earn an A+ from all of the girls who attend your Girl Day celebrations with these planning guides:
Spark girls’ interest in engineering in classrooms, afterschool programs, and other group settings.
Inspire a girl’s future by sharing with her what engineering is all about.
- Sample Girl Day Events
Check out some examples of what your event could look like.
Learn how you can help a girl build her STEM identity .
The research is in!
There are multiple studies looking at why women leave engineering and technology paths. But what if we turned this around and asked: What are the common factors that motivate girls to pursue—and then persist—in engineering education and careers?
DiscoverE is pleased to share Despite the Odds: Young Women Who Persist in Engineering, a comprehensive literature review conducted in partnership with Concord Evaluation Group.
Key findings from the report support DiscoverE’s long-held positions:
- Why girls choose engineering:
Giving girls the opportunity to do meaningful engineering activities—with role models—works. It builds their interest, confidence and understanding of engineering. And it works with boys too!
- Why young women stay:
Young women who persist in engineering have strong support networks and feel like they are part of a community.
We hope that this report will help inform your work to engage girls (and boys) in engineering and help young women succeed in the field.
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A parent emailed me after our virtual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event (we did the ice cube challenge), “Thank you so much! My daughter really enjoyed this. I am a civil engineer and she said that it was ‘way better than when you try to do engineering with me.’”
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