ExxonMobil Doesn't Want Girls to Be Intimidated by Engineering

April 13, 2016

Takeaways

ExxonMobil is building future business opportunities with STEM-related initiatives to engage girls and women.

Be an Engineer

In 2014, ExxonMobil launched "Be an Engineer" – a program that highlights real-life engineers who have created some of the world’s greatest technical achievements. The program is also designed to encourage students to choose engineer-related careers. To date, “Be an Engineer” has been awarded several awards and has garnered more than 17 million online engagements.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering

As part of its “Be an Engineer” effort, ExxonMobil has launched its 13th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering program which hopes to reach more than 2,000 middle school girls throughout the country. The program is one of ExxonMobil’s numerous initiatives to attract younger people to STEM careers – especially girls and underrepresented minorities The company has partnered with Girl Day, an initiative started by Discover E, to show the collaborative and impactful work of engineers.

Students at eleven ExxonMobil and XTO Energy sites will have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of hands-on activities which are meant to spark curiosity and interest in STEM careers. Students will partake in a large range of activities including using 3D imaging technology to search for oil and natural gas, water purification experiments, and exploring both the science and chemistry used in everyday commodity products. Through all these activities, ExxonMobil will guide students to help sharpen their STEM skills. Since the pilot of the program, 11,000 students have taken part in company facility activities and classroom demonstrations.

Impact

By 2018, overall employment is projected to grow nearly 10 percent while STEM-related jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent. Through programs such as “Introduce a Girl to Engineering,” companies are filling the crucial need of the growing STEM sector by providing young people with meaningful work and competitive salaries.