Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to Minority Women
|African American Female||909||850||-6.5%|
|Asian American Female||1985||2491||26%|
|Native American Female||61||92||50%|
Source: ASEE Databytes, Sept 2014
|African American Female||909||850||-6.5%|
|Asian American Female||1985||2491||26%|
|Native American Female||61||92||50%|
Source: ASEE Databytes, Sept 2014
Today’s the big day! It’s the day that you can get an amazing variety of resources to help you introduce engineering and engineering technology to your students.
The PowerPack includes presentations on 32 types of engineering and engineering technology that students can watch independently and a fully editable teaching presentation for introducing the different branches of engineering. Each disc also includes a short quiz and a career handout.
One of the most powerful aspects of this 32 CD set is that there is no limit to how much you can edit the teaching version and no limit to what you can do with it after the editing. Say that you want to give a presentation on civil, manufacturing, or biomedical engineering and you have a few notes but not enough to give a 15-20 minute introduction. Now you have a solution: Put in the disk, transfer the teacher version to your computer, add your notes, sprinkle in your ideas, change a few pictures, add your slides and Viola! You now have a 15-20 minute presentation on any of the 32 types of engineering and technology. You can give this presentation to your class, post in on your server for students to download and/or provide handouts to your audience. As long as you have customized the presentation, you are welcome to post it online for your students. This set is made for middle and high school teachers but by editing the teaching version, it can suit any level of student. The slides are unique, highly graphic and colorful. See samples
Get a Free Book or DVD to celebrate the release of this amazing collection! Purchase the Engineering PowerPack by October 31 and as a bonus, you’ll receive:
Get yours today! You can’t go wrong!
These are books that you can request for your STEM or engineering program.
There is no charge. It’s first-come first-serve. Even the shipping to you is covered.
It’s part of the 100,000 Book Give-Away. The seventeen colleges and organizations that chipped-in want all students to understand the potential of an engineering degree or career. They know that an engineering education is one of the best a person can get and they want to share their positive feelings, thoughts and attitudes. They want to see students get informed and succeed. One Dean of an engineering school told me, “It’s the right thing to do.”
I’m not alone – they are each giving away books and most also have the book on their website for students to freely download.
If you are a recipient of books for your students, please don’t forget to thank the partners!
Want to attend a fast paced dynamic workshop full of of hands-on activities and that motivate and engage students?
Below is a summary of the most popular workshops I offer. Each can be facilitated at your location and customized for your attendees.
1. Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) – Most Popular
The Mother/Daughter Technology Engineering Aptitude (TEA) is a one day event that provides middle school girls with a tremendous opportunity to complete hands-on activities and interact with an engineering professional to learn about valuable, high-wage opportunities in the engineering industry. The Mother/Daughter TEA event was founded to encourage young women to take an interest in pursuing a career in the engineering industry.
The idea for organizing a mother/daughter engineering workshop came from the belief that a supportive environment at home that encourages engineering and technological careers offers young girls an extraordinary opportunity to develop non-traditional interests and aspirations. Mothers were involved to expose them to the kinds of engineering careers that are available and to influence them to encourage their daughters to learn more about engineering.
2. Mother/Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) Train-the-Trainer
Our Mother/Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) event is one of the best approaches to getting middle school girls interested in engineering and technical careers. In surveys from previous events, 95% of girls said they are now interested in learning more about engineering!
The Train-the-Trainer workshop for holding your own Mother/Daughter TEA events is an opportunity to become a certified TEA trainer and use our materials, resources and marketing connections to host an unlimited number of TEAs in your community. After the training, you’ll walk into a room of 40 girls (and Moms or Dads too) with everything needed to smoothly facilitate an engaging event that will help prepare the girls for high wage opportunities in the engineering and technology industries.
Upcoming trainings: Nov 7-8, 2014 and Spring 2015 (exact date and location TBD)
3. Teaching Engineering Made Easy
Audience: Late Elementary, Middle and Early High School Teachers, 1 day- 6 hours, Max 26 teachers
This is a fast-paced jammed-packed one-day workshop perfect for in service and/or professional development training. Teachers learn how to bring engineering into the classroom and keep students engaged by providing hands-on activities that are content rich and fun too! Based on activities in Teaching Engineering Made Easy: A Friendly Introduction to Engineering Activities for Middle School Teachers (2nd Edition), the activities will cover all of STEM and NGSS integration. Teachers can either use engineering as a way to enhance their teaching of science or they can teach “engineering” as the application of math, science, and technology.
This can also be two day workshop that covers both books one and two.
4. GLEE (Girls Love Exploring Engineering) Summer Camp and Simultaneous Professional Development
Audience: 30 Middle School Girls and Ten K-12 Teachers, 5 days – 7 hours each day
GLEE is a summer camp for middle school girls facilitated by teachers that are simultaneously learning to facilitate engineering activities.
How it works: On Monday, teachers learn several activities while the girls do ice breakers, watch videos and be entertained by other facilitators, college engineering and high school students. From Tuesday-Friday, the teachers, armed with the activities they learned and constructed on Monday, team facilitate the activities with the girls. During the week, when the girls have a field trip, watch videos, or listen to panel discussions (basically every spare minute), the teachers go back into training. When the girls go home, the teachers refine the activities and discuss integration into their classrooms. Historically, by the last day of the camp, most (95% +) of the girls said they wanted to be engineers and the teachers go back to their classes with increased confidence and bundles of materials to implement more engineering education into their instruction.
A student, inspired by my book, Is There an Engineer Inside You? wrote a poem that was featured in A Celebration of Poets – California Grades 7-12. To my delight, she mailed me an autographed copy of the book with a sticky note highlighting her page. Below is her poem. She would be in 11th grade now – I wonder if she still wants to be an engineer?
“I wanna be an engineer so flippin’ bad”
I’d learn all the math I’d never had
I wanna be on the cover of Science magazine
Standing next to Einstein, that’s my dream
And every time I close my eyes, they’re handing me the Nobel Prize
A different lecture every day, you’ll pray, I’ll say,
“The world will look so clear, the day I’m an engineer!”
I’ll be studying biology and making no apology
That my intense theology is saving our geology
The world will be a better place, ’cause I am keeping up the pace
To serve the poor and human race; the scientists are in my face
Asking me what’s in my brain and how I’ve stayed so very sane
Through countless hours not in vane, ’cause my life’s work is “Cure Your Pain.”
I’m global with experiment; I turn down worthless merriment
My focus is to make a dent repairing all the detriment
So keep me in your watchful eye, I promise friends, I’ll save the sky
And one day with relief you’ll sigh,
“She went and solved the complex task that government had tried to mask.”
And now, our world, will surely bask in what I made inside my flask
Remorseful tears that weep so bad are memories of what we had
My billboard will proclaim the ad, “I wanna be an engineer so flippin’ bad”
Daniela, Grade 8
Twin Peaks Middle School
Every now and then, I like to take a step back and appreciate how far we’ve come in engineering and technology. Each time I do this I’m completely amazed that I can print things in plastic in my 3D printer, build robots that will follow my instructions and create my own rubber stamps in my laser cutter. I love the Maker and DIY cultures but also respect that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Without the discoveries of the past, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Below is a short list of famous women who have lead or are leading the way.
Engineering design activities can be exciting, rewarding, colorful and creative. They can lead to higher self-esteem and help students develop better communication and teamwork skills. As a teacher, mentor, or advocate, how do you show those students that you stand behind them and are proud of the work they are doing?
If you like rubber stamps, you’ll love our new idea to motivate, congratulate, reward or promote engineering.
Just released this week are our new engineering rubber stamps. Use these rubber stamps to decorate engineering journals, reward design projects, make your own gift tags, invitations and notes, decorate your robotics club scrapbook page and much more!
Stamps also make a great teacher gift!
I guarantee you won’t find engineering rubber stamps anywhere else.
Have an idea for the perfect rubber stamp? Let me know!
This year’s category is “STEM Inspirations” – Posters should depict careers that use science, technology, engineering and math concepts to recognize, prevent, and solve problems in society. Content can be on any STEM degree or field.
Posters should be fun, motivational and inspire students to pursue a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Contest deadline: 11:59pm November 7, 2014
Winners will be notified by November 14, 2014
Women increased their representation at the bachelor’s-degree level for the fourth straight year, earning 18.9 percent of degrees awarded in 2012, up from 17.8 percent in 2009. Women’s enrollment in bachelor’s degree programs has also increased slightly over the past few years, from 18.1 percent in 2010 to 18.9 percent in 2012. Based on enrollment trends, we expect to see the percentage of women receiving an engineering bachelor’s degree to increase slightly over the next few years. The percentage of engineering master’s degrees going to women reached a 10-year high of 23.1. Over the past decade, however, that percentage has been relatively stable, dipping only to a low of 21.9 in 2004. The percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women rose slightly over 2011 to 22.2, and represents an increase of almost 5 percent since 2003. Based on enrollment trends, we expect the percent of doctoral degrees awarded to women to remain about the same over the next few years.
Source: ASEE Databytes
The U.S. Census released an interactive map of where college graduates work.
This interactive graphic allows you to explore the relationship between college majors and occupations. The length of each circle segment shows the proportion of people graduating in each college major and employed in each occupation group. The thickness of the lines between majors and occupations indicates the share of people in that major-occupation combination. Lines highlighted in color show the proportion of college graduates who work in STEM.
By hovering over a college major on the STEM Majors or Non-STEM Majors tab, you can see which occupations these graduates work in. You can also hover over an occupation to see which majors they hire from. These graphics show that only a minority of STEM majors are employed in STEM.
This visualization also lets you look at college major and employment patterns by sex, race, and Hispanic origin. It allows you to compare the relative size of each college major and occupation, as well as the proportion who are employed in STEM by these demographic characteristics. Comparing the graphics for men and women who are STEM majors, for example, we see that men are more likely to major in engineering and are more likely to be employed in STEM occupations.
Our Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) events are extremely popular! This event is one of the best I’ve ever seen at getting middle school girls interested in engineering and technical careers. If you aren’t holding one in your community, your girls are missing out on an extraordinary opportunity.
This November, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a Train-the-Trainer workshop for holding your own Mother/Daughter TEA events. This is an opportunity to become a certified TEA trainer. Being a certified trainer enables you to use our materials, resources and marketing connections to host an unlimited number of TEAs in your community. When you want to host TEAs in your community, your credentials will save time and money. You’ll walk into a room of 40 girls (and Moms or Dads too) with everything needed to smoothly facilitate an engaging event that will help prepare them for high wage opportunities in the engineering and technology industries.
There’s more! This upcoming training is very special. After training on Friday, we will have the unique opportunity to attend and team teach an actual event. Not only will you become a certified TEA trainer, you will see an event in action and solidify the concepts learned the previous day. You will facilitate your community events with increased confidence and know-how.
Dates: Nov 7-8, 2014
Location: Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI
If you are planning to attend this training, register right away to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
Below is an excerpt from “Expert Industry and School Insights for Engineers from Women Deans.”
Cherry Murray: Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dr Barbara Boyan – Dean at Virginia Commonwealth’s School of Engineering, Nada Marie Anid: Dean of New York Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and Dr. Candis Claiborn – Dean at Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture provide their perspectives on getting an engineering education and the job market.
View the article to see the answers to questions such as:
I read the article below at first nodding my head in agreement. After a few minutes, I came to realize that while the message may be true for some girls, it’s not true for all. Marketing engineering, technology and computer science careers to women is not a one size fits all prospect.
The article states that we use pink, curly fonts, and butterflies too much to bridge the gender divide. That we assume we need to turn technology into something girly to make it attractive.
I personally can relate to this. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and was not attracted to pink media. I was much happier playing with my brother’s LEGO than Barbie and I wouldn’t have been attracted to pink LEGO either. I wanted to be taken seriously and knew that wouldn’t happen if my game wasn’t on the same field as all the boys on the block. As I grew older and gained confidence, I became much more attracted to color. Today, I prefer the teal, purple and tangerine LEGO blocks. Is that because I understand that I don’t have to be like the boys to make a valuable contribution? That different contributions are not less valuable?
From promoting engineering all over the country and facilitating over 80 Mother/Daughter TEA Workshops (engineering events for Mother and Daughters) I can say, without equivocation, that one size does not fit all. Some girls love fancy script and a girly atmosphere and some prefer a gender neutral environment. This also varies greatly by geography and community.
The best approach to reaching girls is to know your community and have a sense for what is interesting, what has worked in the past and what hasn’t been tried. If pink flyers with curly fonts work in your community, keep using them. If you find you aren’t getting enough girls to sign up for your program(s), change how you market. Just like engineering design, marketing is also an evolving process. What worked last year might not work this year. Test your messages, evaluate and redesign if necessary.
Last year, I joined forces with nine amazing Universities and organizations who wanted to promote engineering careers and motivate students to pursue engineering. Together, we gave away close to 8,000 copies of Is There an Engineer Inside You?, the leading book on engineering careers. 6,000 copies of the book were distributed across the nation and another 2000 were downloaded from partner websites. Student competitions and events that received books were BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology), Seaperch, Ability One and the USA Science and Engineering Festival. Books were also donated to teachers and distributed at professional development workshops and conferences. Partners donated books to teachers, schools, guidance counselors and students in their local communities.
As we enter year two of the give-away, I hope to reach even more students and teachers by expanding the program and improving the book. Here’s how:
The 100K Book Give-Away is an amazing program designed to help you easily expand your outreach, save money, save time, and provide a proven reference to students, parents, educators, counselors and mentors in your community. Deadline to become a partner is August 8, 2014.
What started you on the path to engineering or your current career? Can you identify a moment, person or thing that made you change lanes, take a turn or stopped you in your tracks?
Last year, I gave a keynote in Kansas City for Science Pioneers. A few minutes into it, I talked about my first car – how much fun it was to try to fix it, the book that made it possible, the Flower Power mechanics and how I knew I wanted a cleaner and more diverse career. That car was a 1962 VW Bug and lead to one of the biggest ah-ha moments in my life.
From wanting it to drive better, I learned that I had mechanical aptitude, I could rebuild an engine if the instructions were good enough, troubleshooting was fun, and a book could change your life.
Last week, to my delight, a small box that contained a shiny red VW Bug came in the mail. As I looked at it and took my trip down memory lane, I remembered how much that car inspired me. Without that experience, how would I have discovered my mechanical ability? Would I have this love affair with books? Would I be writing this today without that experience?
Thank you Paul for reminding me about how I got here and encouraging me to continue my own journey. We are all inspired to become who we are by something or someone. Make some time for yourself to remember, appreciate and share the experience. You never know who you may inspire with your story.
One of the most difficult aspects of providing outreach to middle school students is tracking and measuring your success. It’s difficult to follow each students’ progress (interest in a STEM career) through high school and if they move out of your district, it’s practically impossible.
I have said many times that the Mother/Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) is one of the best events that I have ever seen at getting girls interested in STEM careers.
Last weekend, I received this email from a happy Mom:
Dear Celeste, My daughter is home from college for the weekend. You had a direct impact on her back in 2010 during the “Mother-Daughter Technology Tea” at Ridgeline Middle School in Yelm. At the time she was only about 14 years old. She is currently majoring in Technology at WWU. I am so proud of her and thankful to you for your inspiration, insight, and encouragement. You are a blessing to young women everywhere. Thank you for exposing our daughters to a wonderful and fulfilling career path.”
Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I’m so thankful that I have a career that helps me make this type of impact.
If you are involved in outreach, keep the faith. You never know what may land in your inbox when you least expect it.
Brand new in iTunes is the app “Is There an Engineer Inside You?”
This is a great resource for teachers, administrators, parents and students. It covers 40 different types of engineering and engineering technology degrees with videos, job descriptions, salary expectations, scholarships and a school locator.
It’ll help teachers, administrators and parents understand the differences between 40 types of engineering and the opportunities available.
It’ll help students figure out what kind of engineer they want to be.
So head over the the App Store and get your copy. It’ll be the best $2 you’ve spent in a while.
And, please Share far and wide!
Last weekend I had the privilege of facilitating an Engineering Exploration Day for a school district in Washington State. If you follow my work you know about the Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) workshops. In the Mother Daughter TEA workshop, Moms and their middle school daughters complete engineering projects together and learn about valuable, high-wage opportunities in the engineering industry. They hear about how women are impacting the field and get insight into career opportunities they may enjoy. The Mother/ Daughter TEA event was founded to encourage young women to take an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.
Every year, I hear from parents that also want their boys to have the same opportunity. As a result, last weekend we debuted “Engineering Exploration Day.” In this workshop, we had middle school girls and boys, moms and dads. We stuck to the same model of four hours on Saturday morning and built cranes, flingers and boats. The workshop moved along quickly and everyone stayed engaged. We had a great time.
If you are trying to recruit for your GTT, STEM 101 or any other engineering classes, this is a great workshop to hold because by the end of it, you’ll have the parental support at home that is so critical to students making good choices.
If you haven’t noticed yet, there are no posters in the EESC store any more.
Today and all of May is the Grand Opening Celebration of STEMPosters.com.
I felt the poster contest we hold each year needed new energy and a broader scope. From that search, STEMPosters.com was born. The posters are now a fundraiser for the Circuit Chargers Robotics team at the Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial High School in Tulsa, OK. The Circuit Chargers are also known as FIRST Robotics Team 932. (FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The mission of STEMPosters.com is to provide quality graphics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that will inspire today’s youth to learn more about these interesting and lucrative subjects.
So please take a look, bookmark the site and visit often as robotics, science, technology, engineering and math posters are added over time.
I was happy to receive a notice yesterday that one of the teachers that came to three of my professional development workshops in Tulsa is using the Indy Card Car (mechanical engineering) activity from Teaching Engineering Made Easy to inspire her students.
Hands-on activities have traditionally been good for keeping at-risk students engaged in school. Not only does Sherry Knight have the challenge of facilitating the activity, she also has tool constraints because, as she said, “you can’t use scissors in jail.”
Keep up the good work Sherri!