Educator Programs

Texas Girls Collaborative Project

Led by the Women in Engineering Program, the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue education and careers in STEM. TxGCP provides forums, curriculum, best practices and resources to foster collaborations, build capacity of participating organizations and create a state-wide network of informed and connected informal and formal STEM educators and advocates.

Curriculum

Workshops and Events

Resources

Sending the Right Message

In all of our programs for educators, volunteers and mentors, WEP emphasizes the importance of how we message engineering to girls and young women to help encourage them to pursue the field. The National Academy of Engineering conducted a major study to address the messages we portray to pre-college students about engineering. The findings show that young people want jobs that make a difference. Additional recommendations include:

  • Stop reinforcing the images of "nerdy and boring."
  • Stop focusing on math and science as the needed inputs and instead focus on the outputs, career opportunities and making a difference in the world.
  • Use the word "create" over "build." Use the following five words instead: discovery, design, imagination, innovation, contribution.
  • Describe engineers as creative problem solvers, essential to health, happiness and safety. Emphasize that engineers shape the future.