What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Engineer Your Life is designed to inform girls about the possibilities in engineering and the impact they can make on the world as engineers. The site introduces girls to a variety of engineering careers, aims to inspire them with stories and advice from young women who are engineers, shows girls the path to an engineering career, and presents ways adults can encourage girls to get involved in engineering.
What kids can learn
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
The biographies of women engineers are interesting and represent a wide variety of fields. However, there's no interaction, and the site is primarily text with only a few videos and photos.
Learning is passive, with girls reading and watching content about engineering careers. There are no opportunities for creation or discussion.
There's no social interaction on the site. Videos are closed-captioned, and text will be accessible for most high school readers.
What's it about?
Engineer Your Life is part of a national campaign created by a coalition from the engineering community to encourage high school girls to pursue engineering in college. The coalition built the campaign around messages meant to show that engineering takes many forms, that it can be creative and exciting, and that engineers make a real difference in the world. Through this site, girls can find out what engineering is, why they should consider it, and what they can do right now to put themselves on the path to becoming an engineer.
Is it any good?
ENGINEER YOUR LIFE is packed with information about the possibilities for engineering careers. It answers all the crucial questions a girl might have: What is engineering? Why should I do this? Who else is doing this kind of work? What kind of impact does this work have? How can I be come an engineer? The tone is inspiring, never dull. The multimedia and interactive content are engaging. Also of note is the diversity of women featured on the site. The site offers counselors and parents helpful information on advising kids about engineering, and it gives engineers ways to inspire girls' interest in engineering, as well as an "engineer’s pledge" to help improve the image of the field. With useful content for girls and adults, the site is a great resource that has the potential to inspire.
Online interaction: The site prominently displays the organization's Facebook feed. Girls can also click on "Ask an Engineer" to submit questions to women who are engineers (it links to a sister site, EngineerGirl.org, where the questions may be answered). There's also a link to an external blog where kids can post their names and leave comments.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about careers, and about the fact that women are underrepresented in technical fields such as engineering. Talk about some of the reasons girls may be less likely to choose careers in engineering. This can open a discussion about gender, stereotypes, and individuality.
Families can also discuss some of the problems that exist in society and ways that engineers can make a difference, potentially improving the world.