Today is Girl Day – Introduce a Girl to Engineering

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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.



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Jax Kneppers Talks About Mobile Collection Technology at the 2016 AACE Annual Meeting in Toronto


Toronto SkylineJax Kneppers, President and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. and Imfuna, gave a presentation entitled “Mobile Collection Technology to Create Accurate Cost Estimates” at the 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 2016. The presentation was part of the annual event that spanned June 26 through June 29 that attracted cost estimators and engineers from all over the world.

Mobile Technology for Field Data Collection

The lecture focused on the following:

  • application of mobile technology for field data collection
  • database driven technology for efficient organization of data
  • advancing the professional practices by using cloud-based mobile collection technology
  • impact of mobile collection technology on the industry

Jax discussed the current practices of field data collection, which often use multiple devices such as digital cameras, dictaphones, note pads, drawings and tables, to capture different types of data. Using different  devices to separately capture dictations, measurements, notes, and photos made the entire process cumbersome. This is especially apparent when you start combining the massive amount of collected data from the different sources into a usable format. These current practices are laborious, time-consuming and inefficient.

The key to improve field data collection methods is technology according to Jax. With advances in mobile technology, one can consolidate the field tools into one device and noticeably improve the taking of photos and notes, and field sketching. Other advantages with using mobile technologies include better data resilience or integrity, and increased site mobility and safety.

Improved Inspection Efficiency

A comparison of time to complete common inspection activities between traditional methods and mobile technology methods showed an improvement of almost 64%. Since the data collected using the newer methods is digital, the speed in which reports, analyses and cost estimates were created dramatically improved.

The Team

The presentation was put together by Jax Kneppers, Dr. Borja Garcia de Soto, and Matthew Dick. Dr. Garcia de Soto has a PhD in Civil Engineering at Eidgenössishche Technische Hochschule Zürich, and has had extensive experience in civil engineering, project management, schedule analysis, cost estimating, BIM and forensic engineering. Matthew Dick is a construction consultant turned software developer at Imfuna and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.

With a vast background in mechanical engineering, cost estimating, and forensic engineering, Jax Kneppers is the president and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc (JKA) and Imfuna.

About Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.

Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. is a construction consulting company with expertise in building envelope design, forensic engineering, structural engineering, scheduling, cost estimating, and construction planning management.

About Imfuna

Imfuna is a global technology company specializing in mobile apps focusing on digital inspections for the construction and rental property industries with offices in the UK, the US and South Africa.

About AACE International

AACE International is a non-profit association that serves the total cost management and cost engineering community. They provide members and stakeholders with the resources they need to grow their businesses. AACE International began as the American Association of Cost Engineering,  and then changed its name to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Afterwards, the official name of AACE International was adopted.