A one pager from Colorado University College of Engineering & Applied Sciences that dispels myths and promotes positive messages to increase adults and children’s understanding of what engineering is and what engineers do. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering developed and tested messages to promote a more positive image of […]
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These articles and papers are valuable when thinking about the future of women in the field of engineering.
The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) is a national project to encourage girls to consider pursuing engineering. This study used focus groups and online surveys to gauge high school girls level of interest in engineering and awareness of engineering careers, as well as exploring the current and potential messaging used to increase enrollment with this […]
Generation Stem is a comprehensive white paper prepared by the Girl Scout Research Institute. The report stresses that girls are indeed interested in STEM subjects, but still struggle with gender barriers. The report also provides details on the STEM interest and abilities of African American and Hispanic girls, noting that the majority have high interest, […]
According to Chan & Fishbein, the general public has the tendency to define engineering by a limited set of required skills – specifically, math and science. However Engineers Without Borders (EWB) have worked to counteract these stereotypes through their emphasis on the “Global Engineer,” a modern engineer with superior communication and interdisciplinary skills, a well-developed […]
This AAUW report proposes that success in STEM subjects is relatively equal in girls and boys, suggesting that our focus should be instead on increasing girls’ exposure to engineering. This report provides specific suggestions for changing the mindset of female students that will be useful to parents, teachers, professors and administrators. These include suggestions on: […]
Exposure to positive images of scientists and engineers improves the odds of students having high degree and career aspirations, as well as a higher commitment to career. Further, positive attitudes toward gender and racial equality, as well as positive classroom experiences, also improved the odds of students’ having high degree aspirations. The article also concludes […]