International Women in Engineering Day spotlights STEM careers for young women

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Proposed by Rockwell Automation

Activities such as the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge held last April in Kortrijk, Belgium inspire young people with hands-on STEM learning opportunities. The event, which involved student-built robots participating in various challenges, hosted more than 200 participants from 27 teams aged 6 to 16. Martine Van Leuvenhaege (in pink) of Rockwell Automation, who served as a volunteer judge, is pictured with one of the winning teams.

Every year for 9 years on June 23, International Women in Engineering Daysponsored by the Society of Women in Engineering (WES), drew attention to the career opportunities and global achievements of women in engineering.

According to WES, 16.5% of engineers are women. One of the reasons for the under-representation of women in engineering, according to AAUWis that girls and women are systematically distanced from science and mathematics throughout their education, limiting their access, preparation and opportunities to enter these fields as adults.

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Hundreds of Rockwell Automation employees serve as STEM mentors to students around the world. Pictured: Rockwell Sales Engineers Marta Carrera Gonzalez and David Salazar install a Cargo Connect board during the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge held last April in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Through various STEM education and outreach activities, Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is working to change that, ultimately encouraging more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and Mathematics.

One of the ways to increase young girls’ interest in STEM-related fields is to use role models. According to a Microsoft Survey, 63% of middle school girls who know women in STEM enjoyed STEM-related subjects. By comparison, only 46% of college girls who don’t personally know women in STEM feel empowered in STEM. Similarly, 72% of girls who personally know women in STEM know how to pursue a career in STEM, compared to 47% of those who do not personally know women in STEM.

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Student teams participating in the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge in Kortrijk, Belgium worked with educator robots to complete 16 different Cargo Connect challenges, one of which is pictured.

At Rockwell Automation, women engineers reach out to the community to champion STEM, inspire the next generation of girls to pursue careers in STEM, and provide a support system for women in tech once they enter. in the labor market.

Examples of Rockwell employee volunteerism include FIRST Lego League and Green light for girls. Four of Rockwell’s 14 employee resource groups focus on expanding STEM careers for women: ADVANCE Young Professionals, Professional Women’s Council, Rockwell Automation Supporting Women in Engineering, and Rockwell Automation Women in the Field.

Learn more about Rockwell’s STEM Education Outreach Efforts.

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