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Introducing girls to science and engineering

ExxonMobil affiliates Women Interest Network (WIN), Nigeria recently hosted the third edition of the annual "Introduce A Girl to Science and Engineering Day," welcoming thirty female students and five teachers from three secondary schools - Kuramo College, Victoria Island Secondary School and Holy Child College - for a day of fun and learning at Mobil House. The mission behind "Introduce A Girl to Science and Engineering Day" is to encourage young, female students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as educating them on what it takes to start a successful career in the oil and gas industry.

The initiative was organized by the ExxonMobil affiliates WIN Nigeria chapter, member of a global ExxonMobil network - the Women's Interest Network (WIN) - in conjunction with the Public and Government Affairs department, and coordinated by Toyin Sarumi, WIN president, Jumoke Akinpelu, WIN vice president and Sopreye Orupabo, WIN technical secretary with other WIN members acting as volunteers and mentors for the day.

Speaking at the event, Foluke Opaleye, recruiting advisor, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) talked to the students about the company, recruitment process and academic requirements they will need to become successful scientists and engineers. Adesimbo Oluwasusi, geoscience associate, Operations Technical Geoscience, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) and Daisy Orhue, environmental engineer, MPN discussed the topics 'Introduce a Girl to Geoscience' and 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering' respectively. Both of them shared their career paths and experiences with the students.

After the lecture session, the students participated in four fun science and engineering experiments. The aim of the experiments was to arouse their thinking about ways to solve everyday problems using science and engineering together with materials we find in our homes and surroundings. The students were divided into five groups of six students each with their teachers and WIN volunteers from different disciplines guiding and mentoring them during the experiments. At the end of each experiment, the different groups presented and advertised their products.

Oluseyi Afolabi, executive director, and general manager, Business Development, MPN; Denise O'neal, wife of Nolan O'Neal, lead country manager and chief executive officer, ExxonMobil affiliates, Nigeria, Nonny Nwogbo, manager, Development Geoscience, MPN, Richelle Sykes, Canadian NGL supply planner, ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing Company and Risi Onwude, asset development planner, MPN led the Q&A session, "ask a Geologist or an Engineer", where the students asked questions about the different disciplines, career paths, ExxonMobil, and the oil and gas industry. Both the students and teachers were awarded gifts and certificates at the end of the event. 

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