Collins Aerospace kicks off ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’

Collins Aerospace Girls Engineering Day

This article was originally published in the CBJ Business Daily on Monday, February 18th.

In honor of Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23, Collins Aerospace will host over 1,000 female students across the globe in support of ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’, a growing movement to inspire the next generation of female engineers.

Twenty-one Collins Aerospace locations will participate in the day’s events supporting the company’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

In Cedar Rapids, students will build a prosthetic arm for a child in need, learn how circuits work, fly a drone and learn how to defend a system from cyberattacks. 

“We know that girls’ interest in STEM peaks at about age 11 but then falls off once they enter into high school,” said Carrie Reeder, director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Collins Aerospace, in a release. “Events such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering are critical to keeping these girls engaged, many of whom are destined to be our next great innovators.”

At other locations around the country, girls will hear from female engineering leaders at Collins Aerospace, including one former astronaut, and get up close to a nacelle to learn how it works and what it takes to support its development and entry into service.

Collins officials say that engaging its 70,000 employees to serve as mentors and program volunteers in local communities, position it to make a positive impact on students’ interest in STEM careers.

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