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What is Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day?

The 2024 year marks the 7th year of Envirolution’s national Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event. This is a time to show middle school girls & genderqueer 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. Envirolution partners with Tesla and the University of Nevada, Reno (College of Engineering and Society for Women Engineers) to inspire middle school students throughout the country. 

Recap 2024

On February 22, 2024, we hosted around 70 middle school students from Pau Wa Lu Middle School at Tesla Gigafactory NV for hands-on activities, a tour, and time with incredible Tesla volunteers! Additionally, our team coordinated 22 IGED events at Tesla locations across the US and Canada with over 750 students and 300 volunteers!

Recap 2023

Thursday, February 23rd – Event in Partnership with Tesla

On February 23rd, 2023, we hosted our first in-person IGED since 2020! Our first IGED partnership with Tesla was in 2018, and each year, we’re surprised at how much it grows! This year we had 90 students from Lyon County our to Tesla Gigafactory NV, and nationwide, we coordinated 14 IGED events at Tesla locations for with 500 students!

February 21st Virtual Introduce a Girl to Engineering.

On Tuesday, February 21st, Envirolution and Tesla provided a virtual event to middle school students across the globe. This was our third year doing a virtual event, and we were so excited to have more than 3000 students registered from 42 counties and 43 states!

Friday, February 24th – Event in Partnership with UNR

Due to weather, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our event in partnership with UNR. We are already planning for 2024 and are excited to bring the students back to the University for this engaging and empowering day,

Recap 2022

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 could immerse themselves in new VR technology while learning about how VR is used in computer science, 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 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

Recap 2021

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 various 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 the necessary materials to engage in this event and a commemorative T-shirt.

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Check out our 2021 IGED Impact Report:

Recap 2020

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.

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Recap 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.