Today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is today, and it’s a great time to get the girls in your life excited about engineering!

In 2009, the American Society of Engineering Education reported that women received only 17.8% of undergraduate engineering degrees, a 15-year-low. And, according to a study by Intel, only 18% of teen girls say they have considered a career in engineering compared to 37% of teen boys.

Take a look at this video that shows how easy it is to introduce girls to science…and the excitement that follows.

 

The Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day site features a collection of easy experiments to try at home. To find events near you or check out their other resources, visit http://www.eweek.org/EngineersWeek/Introduce.aspx

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The Food Desert in Minneapolis

food desertThe Department of Agriculture defines a food desert as any area where “at least 20 percent of the area’s residents live at or below the poverty line, and at least either 500 people or 33 percent of the area lives more than a mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.”  The Twin Cities are not immune.

Check out the interactive map from the USDA on where food deserts are located. And read the Star Tribune article on what people are doing in Minneapolis to fix this problem.