Evaluation of the Engineer Your Life Initiative

May 13th, 2010 | RESEARCH

The Engineer Your Life (EYL) project is a national initiative to encourage college-bound young women to consider pursuing a degree and a career in engineering. The project aims to communicate to young women the societal value and rewards of being an engineer, rather than the traditional emphasis on the process of becoming an engineer. Target audiences include academically prepared high school girls, career counselors, and professional engineers. Evaluation data were collected in Year 1 and Year 2 of the EYL initiative to assess its impact. We found that young women were especially interested in engineering when they had a fuller understanding of the skills that are required to be a successful engineer—skills that are not traditionally associated with the field, such as writing and people skills, imagination and creativity. We also found evidence that the EYL initiative has had a significant and positive impact on members of its target population who have used EYL resources.

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Team Members

Concord Evaluation Group, Contributor
Christine Paulsen, Author, Concord Evaluation Group
Chris Bransfield, Contributor, Concord Evaluation Group
Thea Sahr, Principal Investigator, WGBH Educational Foundation

Citation

Publication: Journal of Gender, Science and Technology
Volume: 2
Number: 2
Page(s): 262

Funders

Funding Source: NSF

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Extraordinary Women Engineers

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Engineering
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Public Programs

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within InformalScience.org are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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