Constructing. Designing. Inventing. Thinking outside the box. These words and more describe what it means to be an engineer. From the time we begin to use our hands as children, we begin to engineer. Aerospace, agriculture, biological, and computer are just a handful of the 200 of engineering. Without engineers, the luxuries that we overlook or may take for granted would cease to exist.
Big Hero 6 tells a great story of camaraderie, teamwork, and compassion for those that suffer. It also introduced us to a group of engineers that each brought something special and unique to their field. In a field that is dominantly male oriented, it was encouraging to see a team that included females and how important and helpful they can be.
In the UK alone, only 7% of engineers in the workforce are women. Gender stereotyping seems to be the main dissuader for women pursuing an engineering career. It is no surprise that boys are more encouraged in school to pursue math and sciences. Yet we know girls are just as capable and should be supported in pursuing these subjects. Many companies with more females on their boards outperformed their competitors.
There has been a recent push to promote “girl” engineers. Goldieblox is just one of the most recent supporters who has launched a site offering engineering kits for young girls. Discover E will be holding a Girl Day February 26th, 2015. Girl Day “is a movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world.” The website also offers more information on how your own city/town can hold their own events.
As someone who has at least 4 family members who are engineers and having recently moved to Silicon Valley, I have always been fascinated by the mental workings and problem solving skills of these brains.
BH6 is still in theaters, so treat yourself and your kids this Thanksgiving weekend!