Women represent 50.6% of the US population… yet make up only 11.7% of all engineers*. Females are clearly under-represented in engineering, and Nitsch Engineering wants to do something about that.

Since 2002, Nitsch Engineering has been hosting an annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for 6th to 12th grade girls. Each year we aim to:

  • increase girls’ interest in engineering in a supportive and enthusiastic atmosphere.
  • educate them about the various engineering fields by showcasing different types of engineering each year.
  • share information about how rewarding a career in engineering can be.
  • introduce the girls to women engineers.
  • demonstrate that engineering is fun!

Each year we choose a different field of engineering. Past topics have included:

Resources

Visit the following websites to learn more about pursuing an engineering education and career!

  • Engineer Girl: This website shows middle school girls the opportunity that engineering represents for all people … but particularly for women and girls. Bright, energetic girls from all around United States and Canada helped develop this site by serving as the Advisory Board.
  • Engineer Your Life: This guide for high school girls has a lot of fun resources that show how engineering can help you fulfill your dreams. They also have a great list of 10 reasons to choose engineering as a profession.
  • Engineering – Go For It: Check out this site to find descriptions of different engineering fields, get information on how to prepare yourself for an engineering education, and learn how to choose the right college for you.
  • Imagine STEM: The Girls Scouts have been at the forefront of providing girls with opportunities to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, and this site continues that tradition by providing information on different engineering fields and how to pursue a career in engineering.
  • Try Engineering: This interactive site gives you a chance to explore science and engineering with virtual visits, activities, and design challenges.
  • SWENext: This program from the Society of Women Engineers is focused on providing girls younger than 18 with a way to #BeThatEngineer!
  • PBS Design Squad Nation: Design Squad Nation includes tons of articles, activities, and challenges to put your engineering and design skills to the test!
  • Discover-e: This site, from the National Engineers Week Foundation, connects you with engineering-related resources including career outlook, activities, and other resources.
  • Tomorrow’s Engineers: This site from the UK has great information on engineering. While some information is UK-specific, there is a lot to explore!
  • Smore Magazine: Smore is a science magazine for 7-12 year old girls that covers interesting research news, STEM activities, and stories of women in STEM.

Similar Events

There are a number of organizations that sponsor programs similar to our event. We’d suggest taking a look at these if you’re interested in other events!

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, 2011