ERIC Number: EJ1203693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Girls in Engineering: How to Increase the Number of Young Girls in Technology and Engineering Courses!
Lagesse, Roger; Marshall, Deborah
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v78 n5 p28-31 Feb 2019
How to get more girls involved in Technology and Engineering courses--career and Technical Education departments across Virginia face this question every year. Typical Technology and Engineering classes see 2-3% female students. At Granby High School, the average class had 25 seats, and many were male-only or included only one or two female students. In the fall of 2012, the authors responded by starting a program to inspire more girls to enter Granby High School's Engineering Program. In October 2012, all of Granby's female students were invited to an IEEE Women in Engineering presentation. As a result, many more girls expressed an interest in engineering. To help build on this enthusiasm, the authors formed a Girls In Engineering after-school program. The program was scheduled to meet twice a week during the school year. Its mission was and still is to introduce girls to various aspects of engineering by having them design, build, and troubleshoot an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) for competition in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV's program regional competition. Overall, the program is dedicated to promoting young women to enter the engineering fields and inspiring girls to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering. Through the MATE ROV program, teams are challenged with a real-world situation. Since its inception, the female population in Granby's Technology and Engineering courses increased from 3% in 2012 to 38% in 2018.
Descriptors: High School Students, Females, Technology Education, Engineering, Enrollment Trends, Student Participation, Student Interests, After School Programs, Competition, Vocational Interests
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. 1914 Association Drive Suite 201, Reston, VA 20191-1539. Tel: 703-860-2100; Fax: 703-860-0353; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: https://www.iteea.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia (Norfolk)