Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day
It's Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day! According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, "More than just one day, Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world."
Supermodel (and Taylor Swift girl squad gal) Karlie Kloss started Koding With Klossy, a coding camp for girls and young women, after learning about app development.
Kloss says, "the idea that I could build something with code seemed practically impossible [before I took a class]. Within a couple of classes, I was working with my classmates to program a small drone."
Kloss continues, "I realized that code is about creativity — just like art and fashion — and that women who have these skills have the power to shape our future."
While not as represented in numbers as their male peers, women have had an enormous impact on STEM fields.
Actress Hedy Lamarr may be best known as a Hollywood starlet in the 1940s, but did you know that every time you log on to a WiFi network -- you have her ideas to thank. According to Biography.com, "Lamarr was also a scientist, co-inventing an early technique for spread spectrum communications—key to many wireless communications of our present day."
The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the real-life story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - three brilliant African-American women working for NASA, who played a key role in the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Encourage the young engineer in your life today!