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Turner High School student recognized as EngineerGirl Ambassador

Turner College and Career High School sophomore Maya Shankar was recently selected to participate in the EngineerGirl Ambassador Program. The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women and is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

An EngineerGirl Ambassador is a female, U.S. high school student who designs, develops and implements a project in her local community that will encourage younger girls - particularly those with little access to engineering role models - to think about engineering and engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design.

During the 2022-23 school year, each Ambassador will implement a project they designed and developed to encourage younger girls – particularly those with little access to engineering role models – to think about engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design. Ambassadors will also work with local sponsors and receive guidance and support from EngineerGirl staff.

“This Ambassador program would be a perfect opportunity for me to introduce engineering to young girls and encourage them to join Robotics club by using my own story as an example,” Shankar said. “In a world where women are still a misfit in a ‘manly’ world of engineering, I want to empower these girls with STEM principles which will hopefully allow them to grow their interest over time.”

Shankar’s project involves hosting Girls Scouts teams to visit Pearland ISD’s Pearadox Facility, learn about tools and STEM concepts training, have fun in driving a 120lbs robot and explore the possibility of being the future girl engineer. By exposing girls to engineering early, Shankar hopes to fight the gender gap in STEM.

“This program would help me connect with my community girls and eventually help me grow personally confident to be an advocate for girls,” she said.

(11/07/22)