Does the World Need More Engineers?


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“Imagine what life would be like without pollution controls to preserve the environment, life-saving medical equipment, or low-cost building materials for fighting global poverty. All this takes engineering,” states the National Academy of Engineering’s Web site for high-school girls and the adults in their lives.

Engineering is vital to problem solving and, as a career, offers an opportunity to make a real difference in the world. Using stories of real women and student peers engaging in these activities, the program encourages more young women to enter the field in all its varieties, such as civil, aeronautic, biomedical, environmental, industrial, and computer engineering.

Resources for counselors, teachers, parents, and adult engineers are also available at the site. “In very real and concrete ways, women that become engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet,” it states. “Dream Big. Love what you do.

Bonus Click: Become an engineer.” http://www.engineergirl.org/ for middle-school girls.

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