Promoting engineering to girls
Encouraging young women to pursue engineering careers has become a pressing issue in the pre-college engineering education community. To address the matter from a national scope, Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) has announced receipt of a $50,000 Innovation Generation Grant from Motorola Foundation to support a girl-focused initiative through a collaborative effort with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. The purpose of JETS’ initiative is to provide materials and resources to coalition school members to inform teachers and students about careers in engineering. “Motorola’s partnership with JETS will cultivate the next generation of skilled scientists America will need and ultimately help improve our country’s future workforce,” said Eileen Sweeney, director, Motorola Foundation. “All of us at Motorola are advocates for education and applaud the work that JETS is doing.” ETS has connected with The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEB), and Techbridge, each providing material. With the grant, JETS will be able to reach more than 100 schools. For more on programs to encourage the next generation of engineers, see “ Closing the Skills Gap ” on page 34.