The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will host “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” Thursday, Feb. 21 with a goal of introducing area girls to the many and varied career opportunities in the fields of science and engineering.
“We want young girls to know that engineering is fun and can be a great career,” said CSM Pre-Engineering Coordinator Jehnell Linkins. “The world needs more women in the engineering field and becoming tomorrow’s problem solvers.”
Gender diversity in engineering and computer science (ECS) has been a continuous struggle, according to a presentation recently given by Senior Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers Dr. Roberta Rincon at the 2018 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition in June. In Rincon’s paper she wrote that “gender diversity in engineering and computer science (ECS) has been a continuous struggle. Women have been enrolling and graduating from college at higher rates than men for three decades, but disciplines like ECS continue to strive to raise their female enrollments.”
Partnering and participating in the free event along side CSM instructors will be representatives from NASA, The National Institute of Science and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, to name a few.
“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” will be held at the Campus Center (CC Building) in Room 100 at the La Plata Campus located at 8730 Mitchell Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Linkins at Jlinkins@csmd.edu.
With a focus on engaging, educating, and employing a future pipeline for a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the CSM is a valuable resource for parents, students and employers. Partners, including the naval installations, the boards of education, colleges, career centers, private industry, civic organizations, and professional associations, have collaborated with CSM to coordinate efforts from grade school through college in order to ensure a highly skilled workforce that can be employed locally to lead our region into the future.
For more information about CSM’s STEM programs, visit http://stem.csmd.edu/.