ExxonMobil partners with schools to promote engineering to girls

The engineering field has historically been one where not many women enter; ExxonMobil is hoping to change that.

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Conroe students cheer during the opening presentation of the Girls Engineering Festival at Lone Star Convention Center Tuesday. More than 500 eighth grade girls took part in the annual festival, which focused on introducing girls to various aspects and careers in engineering.

Members of ExxonMobil’s team held their Girls Engineering Festival at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe on Tuesday. Hundreds of female students from Conroe ISD, Magnolia ISD and Spring ISD participated in talks with female engineers, practiced engineering with marshmallow catapults, and saw a 3-D printer in person.

“I think it’s great for our students to talk to successful adults about their careers and how they became who they are today, especially when you talk to girls about engineering,” CISD Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton said. “Engineering is such a great field and it’s underrepresented in the female population. To give these girls a pathway to get to become that, it’s really important to me.”

Only about 14 percent of all engineers are female. click here for complete story