Take a look at recent headlines and you will notice a lot of buzz about manufacturing. Manufacturing in the United States is experiencing a renaissance along with all things made in America. Even Wal-Mart has pledged to increase the number of U.S. made products it purchases to $250 billion by 2032.
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Last November, I wrote a post for our blog about the movie Big Hero 6 (see below). It was a fantastic movie and at its core was a great message about the importance of STEM for today's youth. Since then there have been some other movies that inspire our youth to consider careers in STEM or STEAM related fields.
In May, the website http://edu.stemjobs.com/ created a list of 7 films to inspire teachers and students to think about STEM over the summer. Let us know what you think of these films in the comment section below or if you have others you would add.
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Being the subject of a Google Doodle is noteworthy, but Dr. Sally Ride’s posthumous achievements are the true sign of a great pioneer. She received her doctorate in Physics from Stanford and went on to become the youngest and first female U.S. Astronaut to go into space.
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Female engineers who have achieved top jobs at major companies
Fortune Magazine is known for keeping track of how executives and business leaders rank against their peers. In a recent look at the Fortune 1000, they found that 51 of these companies were led by women; still a small percentage, but an improvement over 2009. And while only 5% of these companies have females in the top job, their companies generate 7% of the Fortune 1000 revenue.
These executive women lead some impressive companies including IBM, General Motors, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland and Fidelity Investments to name a few. And many share one other common trait, they have engineering backgrounds. In fact, 4 out of the 5 top female CEOs in the U.S. have at least an undergraduate degree in a STEM field.
Let’s take a look at some of these impressive leaders
IBM CEO, President and Chairman, Ginni Rometty, began her education with a double major in computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern University. Spending most of her professional career at IBM, Rometty held positions on increasing responsibility until being named the company’s first female president in 2012.
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As an American manufacturer and a family-owned business, we are constantly looking for ways to support the future of not only our company, but other American manufacturers. We know the impact of STEM education on today's youth and often provide high school and college tours to students who are interested in careers in STEM related fields. We bring students in with their educators, and often other administrators to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
It's a wonderful thing to see their eyes light up as we tour them through our automated facility and listen as they ask questions about machinery, robotics, plastic, processes and more. The majority of the students are curious, interested, excited. The majority of the students are also male. As a mother to a daughter who is interested in a career in engineering, I know how important it is to get girls involved in these opportunities early on. So what can we do to help nurture these young women and help set them up for a successful career?