Thursday is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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It might seem like your average Thursday, but today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

It’s a part of the National Engineering Week celebration. We talked with Rose-Hulman Professor Kay C Dee who says more women need to be encouraged to try the engineering field. She says women have made strides in medicine and law. But many women who make it in the engineering field often leave at higher rates than men.

Dee says studies show that’s because there are fewer female trail blazers. And some attitudes toward women in a male dominated field can be overwhelming. Dee encourages parents to focus on teaching children resiliance rather than being “smart.”

“Instead it would be a good idea to give your kids opportunities to fail, learn from failure and learn what that feels like and talk through those feelings.”

Dee says engineering needs diversity and more people who will help think outside the box. And she says there’s a growing demand for computer science and software engineers.

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