Today is Girl Day – Introduce a Girl to Engineering

2017 Girl Day logo

Two visually-impaired girls work together on a small vehicle.

Two visually-impaired girls work together on a small vehicle.

Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to introduce girls K-12 to the innovative world of engineering. Thousands of engineers, teachers and others act as Role Models to educate girls about how engineers change our world. This campaign is part of Engineers Week 2017.

Girl Day is more than just one day. It is a movement to show girls the importance and impact of engineering in the global community. Now, more than ever, the world needs young women to pursue career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Below is a short guide to help you get started, and here’s a PDF of the Girl Day 2017 Planning Guide.

Planning Your Girl Day Activities

  • STEP 1: Find out if something is already being planned.
    Does your company, engineering society or university host Girl Day events? Get involved.
  • STEP 2: Create opportunities to inspire.
    Introducing a girl to engineering can happen anywhere and at any time. Think about what works for you and your schedule. You can:

    • Visit a classroom or afterschool program. In as little as 45 minutes you can tell students about your job, how it makes a difference in the world and answer questions. And you can lead a hands-on activity.
    • Invite a small group of girls to visit you at work or on your campus. You can give them a tour, introduce them to your colleagues and showcase a project under development. You can even feed them lunch!
  • STEP 3: Reach Girls.
    Two girls explore the properties of pink blob of gak while a volunteer looks on.

    Two girls explore the properties of pink blob of gak while a volunteer looks on.

    Contact the staff person in your organization who handles community engagement, volunteerism or K-12 outreach to find out about any, current relationships with local groups. If there are no pre-existing relationships, consider contacting the local Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs and schools to set up a visit. National Girls Collaborative Project has a rich database of local girl serving organizations. And, you can visit this step-by-step guide to get pointers.

  • STEP 4: Select Activities.
    You want fun, hands-on engineering activity ideas? We’ve got tons to choose from!
  • STEP 5: Use effective messages about engineering.
    Students in K-12 often don’t know what engineering really is and what engineers do. Use these five powerful and effective messages about engineering to really connect with students. Watch our Bring it Out video series to see powerful messages in action. Also, see our online guide for tips on how to talk to students about engineering.
  • STEP 6: New to working with girls or hosting an event?
    Check out our short, online training that walks you through the ins and outs of leading hands-on activities.
  • STEP 7: Share your plans.
    Announce your event on the following DiscoverE social media pages:

Not Just Today

Remember, this is not limited to today only. You can do this any time of the year. All it takes is a little bit of planning and the right resources. So whether you’re an engineer, teacher, or someone who’s interested in STEM subjects, this is a great way to make a positive impact on our younger generation and the world.

More Information

For more information about Girl Day, please visit DiscoverE’s Girl Day web portal. There you can find all sorts of resources to help spread the word and inspire the next generation of girls to become women engineers.