Beaumont, Texas – ExxonMobil and its employees welcomed 90 female students from all six of Beaumont ISD middle schools as participants in its annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The program encourages middle-school girls to learn more about engineering and the career options available in this field.
“We continue to participate in the Introduce a Girl to Engineering program to help raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math programs, and to inspire young women to consider future careers in these fields,” said Fernando Salazar, ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery plant manager and parent of a female engineering student. “ExxonMobil is dedicated to identifying the next generation of engineering talent.”
Through hands-on, interactive experiments, about 40 ExxonMobil employees will lead a series of problem-solving activities. Students will learn how creativity and ingenuity can be used in the classroom, and how knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects can lead to rewarding engineering careers.
According to the National Science Foundation while women represent almost 50 percent of the workforce, they hold less than 20 percent of engineering jobs. Providing skills training and encouragement to young women when they are making career decisions is one way to help combat the gender gap that currently exists in this critical profession.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is one of many efforts by ExxonMobil dedicated to attracting more young people, and particularly girls and underrepresented minorities, to STEM careers. It is being conducted in association with Girl Day, DiscoverE’s worldwide campaign to introduce girls to engineering.
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Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, with a focus on math and science in the United States, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria. In 2016, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $242 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contribution programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com.
DiscoverE, formerly National Engineers Week, was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. DiscoverE also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society and is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. For more information please visit www.discovere.org.