Outreach is an integral part of any chapter of SWE. It gives us the opportunity to carry down our knowledge onto the younger generation of girls from K-12. Young girls should be empowered, because they are valuable and can make significant contributions to the STEM fields.The need to engage girls of this age range can be seen by these statistics below:
- STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations and workers command 26% higher wages than non-STEM peers (US Dept. of Commerce, STEM: Good Jobs Now and For Future, 2011)
- Males were 6 times more likely to have taken engineering (6% versus 1%).
- Women make up 47% of the total U.S. workforce, but are much less represented in particular science and engineering occupations (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook, 2013). For example:
- 44.2% of chemists and material scientists are women;
- 25.7% of environmental scientists and geoscientists are women;
- 17.7% of chemical engineers are women;
- 13.7% of civil engineers are women;
- 8.8% of electrical and electronics engineers are women;
- 18.8% of industrial engineers are women; and
- 4.5% of mechanical engineers are women.
In addition, I have included a women in engineering video provided by NASA: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhunCY-8L9Q
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