CPGE Encouraging Girls to Explore STEM
AUSTIN - February 10, 2013 - UT's Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering joins forces with Austin non-profit to encourage middle school girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math within an energy context on Saturday April 13, 2013.
CPGE will partner with SFERE (STRIKER Foundation for Energy Research & Education) by bringing their co-sponsored program GirlTalk: Energy, Climate and Water in the 21st Century to St. Gabriel's Catholic School for a Morning of Hands-on Activities for 6th - 8th Grade Girls.
UT faculty members and graduate students will participate in a morning of discussion, education, and hans-on exploration of the science surrounding energy, climate and water challenges with local middle school girls and their mentors.
As the world moves forward developing new (and cleaner) energy technologies, there will be a need for more trained professionals to ensure that the United States retains its position as a leader in the energy industry. Studies show that girls’ interest in science decreases dramatically during the middle school years and that by the time they enter college and/or a career the science fields are highly male-dominated.
“Recent studies indicate that relevance, or the impression that a job is rewarding and ‘for me’, is a major motivating factor as girls consider science, technology, engineering and math careers,” said Dr. Hilary Olson from The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences. “GirlTalk: Energy, Climate, & Water in the 21st Century is an invitation to girls to consider the rewards of exciting careers that address some of the most important issues of this century: energy and water resources, and our changing climate.”
Saturday’s events are free and open to the public (girls in 6th - 8th grades and their mentors), but registration is required and space is limited. Doors open at 8:30 am for “Breakfast with a Pro” – an opportunity for middle school girls to meet and get to know a professional working with issues in energy, climate and water. After breakfast, there will be a short presentation and panel discussion with faculty from The University of Texas at Austin, and students and researchers from the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department. The presentation will be followed by hands-on experiments demonstrating Energy Generation, Carbon Sequestration, Water Quality Testing and more.
The event is co-sponsored by SFERE (STRIKER Foundation for Energy Research & Education) and presented in partnership with the Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Department and STRIKER Communications.