ExxonMobil employee volunteers today welcomed 140 middle-school girls from 14 schools in both East and West Baton Rouge Parish to the Louisiana Arts & Sciences Museum for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, a program designed to inspire female students to consider careers engineering.
“Research shows that when students have role models and are given the opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering activities, it builds their interest in engineering-related fields and most importantly their self-confidence,” said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Plastics Plant Manager Angela Zeringue. “Programs like the one today expose young women in our community to the exciting world of engineering and introduces them to a number of great role models working in our facilities. We know they will have fun today and we hope that many of them will be influenced to join the growing number of women in engineering and other STEM fields. At ExxonMobil, our people are our greatest asset, and the diversity of our workforce makes us more competitive, more resilient and better able to navigate the complex and constantly changing global energy business.”
Through hands-on, interactive experiments such as a car engineering activity, approximately 30 ExxonMobil employees will lead a series of problem-solving activities. Students will learn how creativity and ingenuity can be used in the classroom, and how knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math subjects can lead to rewarding engineering careers.
More than 15,000 students across the U.S. have participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day since the program’s inception in 2003.
According to the Society of Women Engineers, women account for only 13 percent of the engineering practice, which are typically high-paying and high-demand jobs.
ExxonMobil employs more than 20,000 scientists and engineers around the world, working collaboratively with other companies and academic institutions to develop new energy technologies, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Part of DiscoverE’s annual Girl Day campaign, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day serves to improve education and raise awareness of the need for more young people to consider engineering as a profession.
CAPTION: Glen Oaks Magnet High School middle school students attended ExxonMobil’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Students engaged in hands-on STEM activities and took part in photo ops with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. Students are, from left: Lillian Milligan, Leah Trumble, Makayla Hartley, Cherish Hills, Leah Ware and Labriana Gaines.