Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2020

As part of National Engineers Week, Envirolution partnered with Tesla to host middle school students across the country to celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on February 20th, 2020.

This event is a national movement to show girls how engineering can be a great career choice and a way to change the world. 

We began the partnership with Tesla in 2018 and hosted 60 girls at Gigafactory Nevada.  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.   

Here are some quotes from people who attended

A 7th grader from Pine Middle School said, “This was an amazing program and it taught me so much, not only about engineering but also the world of possibilities that are available for women.”

A middle school student from Basis Independent McLean in Virginia, “It was really fun to see how everything works and interacting with the technology.”

A middle school student from Carson City School District, “there needs to be more women empowerment in all fields. I liked Tesla. It made me think of engineering jobs.

When asked when she learned from the event, a middle school student from Carson City School District said, “you can make a change in the world, travel, learn new things each day, see what the future holds. I would love to be an Engineer.”

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2019

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.

Here are some quotes from people who attended

Joshua Hartzog, the lead administrator for Washoe County Career and Technical Education Department, told ABC Reno, “It’s very, very important for our kids to be able to get out, see learning directly applied, work in groups, but moreover, see how their learning can directly translate into a career field.”

Haley Felton, a 7th-grader at Sparks Middle School, told CBS Reno, “From a young age, you start planning your life ahead trying to figure out what you’re going to do. So, if you’ve never done anything like this, you’re not going to know about this kind of stuff.”

Seventh-grader Angelina Rivera told the Las Vegas Review Journal, “We got to see what the components of the car were and how you make the battery work and that was probably the coolest part.” On the activities, she said she didn’t succeed at building her simple motor on her first attempt, but “if you get it right away it’s not as fun. Figuring out what’s wrong is part of the fun.”

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