Magruder 8th Graders Participate in Girls In Engineering Day at Exxon Mobil
At the end of the 2014 school year about one hundred Magruder 8th grade girls attended IAGTE, or Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the Exxon Mobil Refinery. This event introduces girls to engineering and other science or math careers.
The Exxon Mobil is Magruder’s Corporate sponsor. The Torrance Refinery engineers set up a fun filled day, with hands on activities, like building catapults and motors. These activities taught the girls certain engineering principles. Magruder girls also reviewed safety equipment, so they can understand how important safety is throughout the refinery.
The staff at the refinery talked to the girls about possible careers in engineering, and had many good exchanges and discussions. Staff helped the girls understand different aspects of engineering, to broaden the girls vision. Natalie Thompson, Mechanical Engineer, said it is important that more women seek engineering education to help with the many challenges to be solved in the years to come.
Girls interested in this engineering opportunity at the end of this school year, keep your ears open for announcements!