What is Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day?
The 2023 year marks the 6th year of Envirolution’s national Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event. This is a time to show middle school girls, genderqueer, or non-binary students how engineers can change the world. Through engineering activities and engagement with professional role models, this day aims to inspire, encourage and empower students. This year, Envirolution is excited to partner with Tesla and the University of Nevada, Reno (College of Engineering, and Society for Women Engineers) to bring two different events to middle school students throughout the country.
Registration for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Tesla Virtual Event
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Information for Tesla’s Virtual Event is coming soon!
This in-person event will be held at Tesla locations across the country on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023.
UNR will host the event in-person event on Friday, February 24th.
Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day T-Shirt
Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is part of a national event dedicated to inspiring and encouraging middle school girls and those who identify as genderqueer, and non-binary, to consider a career in engineering. Envirolution, a Reno-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partnered with Tesla for over four years to introduce middle school students to the innovative tech company and learn about Tesla’s missions and vision. On February 23rd, 2023, participants will receive a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the Tesla facilities, engage in an optional engineering-related hands-on activities, and learn about a variety of engineering careers along with the inspiring women behind them. Be a part of this national event by purchasing your own IGED “Engineer Like A Girl” T-Shirt Today!
The inspiration behind “Engineer Like A Girl” : Always #LikeAGirl
All proceeds will go towards supporting teachers and students involved in Envirolution’s programs.
On February 24th, 2022 we welcomed 42 students from Carson City School District to the
University of Nevada, Reno campus where we partnered with the College of Engineering and students from the UNR Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Together we led these future leaders in three different hands-on activities focused on chemical, mechanical, and civil engineering. Students worked in teams to utilize the engineering design process to create balloon-powered cars, build bridges, and explore the chemical properties of metal. In addition to the hands-on engineering design activities, students were introduced to cutting-edge technology housed in the University’s main library. Students received an exclusive tour and demonstration of the Mathewson Automated Retrieval System (MARS) which houses more than 800,00 items. MARS is a three-story tall storage space located behind-the-scenes
inside of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and its state-of-the-art technology keeps materials safe from humidity, temperature fluctuations, dust, and other toxic materials. During the demonstration, students were able to watch the robotic arm retrieve materials at speeds of 22 miles per hour while traversing the aisles. This library also houses the @One Digital Media & Technology Center which includes an exclusive Virtual Reality (VR) room. Students were able to immersive themselves in new VR technology while learning about how VR is used in computer science and engineering and other STEM disciplines. President Brian Sandoval closed out the event by encouraging students to continue pursuing their dreams.
“The best part was when we did the activities and we learned from our mistakes to improve our creations”
— Carson Middle School IGED 2022 Participant
We were also honored to have 15 engineers and professionals attend throughout the day from 8 businesses. They shared their career path with the students and engaged in the hands-on activities, allowing the students to envision a career in engineering.
“I attended the UNR IGED event as a Tesla professional, but the ability to represent Woman in Tech and a Woman with an Engineering Degree was incredibly motivational. Seeing Middle School students get excited about problem solving and witnessing UNR engineering students leading the next generation reinvigorates why I pursued this career 12 years ago. There is personal satisfaction in the work, but being able to inspire future generations of women, nonbinary and genderqueer individuals is just as rewarding!”
— Breann Koep, Tesla
The Envirolution event held at the University of Nevada, Reno on February 24, 2021, was an excellent opportunity for local students to explore a career in engineering, established with an education from the University of Nevada, Reno. This event brought together the middle school students, the college students, and the industry professionals in such a way that was fun, candid, and enjoyable since it involved exciting experiments and opportunities for students to attempt, improve, and accomplish these engineering activities on their own.
— Macy Campbell, NV Energy
We went virtual!
During our fourth year of partnership, Envirolution and Tesla brought this virtual event to over 1,000 students across the nation from 140 schools and 39 school districts complete with factory tours and interactive videos. All participants got an exclusive look inside the innovative tech company, showcasing the variety of engineering careers and the inspiring women behind them. The day concluded with Envirolution leading a hands-on activity highlighting the basics of the electric motor and the essential engineering design process. The testimonials and the pre/post surveys from students show that they logged off with a sense of empowerment and awareness of the opportunities available to them. On February 25th, each student received a kit complete with all of the necessary materials needed to engage in this event as well as a commemorative T-shirt.
Share a photo of yourself in your shirt with your simple motor and tag us to enter in a chance to win more awesome prizes! # Engineerlikeagirl #IGED2021 #Simplemotorselfie @Envirolution #Envirolution
Check out our 2021 IGED Impact Report:
For 2020, we worked with 11 Tesla locations across 5 states, with over 400 girls and 180 Tesla volunteers. At Gigafactory NV, 80 students received a behind-the-scenes tour, participated in a series of STEM activities, heard from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, and had lunch with Tesla team members to learn about careers in STEM.
On Thursday, February 21st, 2019, Tesla and Envirolution partnered for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The event — which took place at seven different sites across the west coast — was hosted at Gigafactory 1 here in Reno, Nevada, and saw more than 50 girls from Sparks and Dilworth Middle Schools participate. In addition to tours of the facility itself, the girls had the opportunity to explore STEM in three hands-on activities that Envirolution played a significant role in developing. The event was a resounding success (if we do say so ourselves!) and on this page, we’ve collected all of the associated press coverage that our organizations received.
- Patch Fremont, Tesla: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
- Las Vegas
Review Journal, Tesla looks to spark female interest in STEM careers in Nevada
- ABC Reno (KOLO), Girls Get a Taste of Engineering at Tesla
- CBS Reno (KTVN), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Tesla Gigafactory
- Fox Reno (KRXI), Tesla celebrating Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
- Electrek, Tesla hosts hundreds of students for ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ at 8 facilities