Lancaster Middle School GEMS Participate in Hands-On Engineering Activities

TaMyra Burens, left, places a penny atop the card tower she built with fellow LMS student Terlana Ward during the view from the top engineering challenge where the girls competed to built the strongest structure.

TaMyra Burens, left, places a penny atop the card tower she built with fellow LMS student Terlana Ward during the view from the top engineering challenge where the girls competed to built the strongest structure.

LANCASTER, TX – Girl students from Lancaster’s Elsie Robertson Middle School’s Girls Exploring Math & Science (G.E.M.S.) Club put their innovative thinking skills to the test as they built card towers and created marshmallow launchers during ExxonMobil’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program on Feb. 21 at the company’s headquarters in Irving.

The middle school students were innovators for a day as they learned about the exciting aspects of engineering careers during the ninth annual program. The GEMS took part in hands-on activities designed to showcase the fun and unique applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that help solve everyday problems. Through first-hand accounts,ExxonMobil employees demonstrated creative and collaborative aspects of engineering and how engineers are responsible for many of the world’s most important innovations.

Although women comprise about half of the U.S. workforce, they hold only 14 percent of engineering jobs, according to the Economics and Statistics Administration. The ExxonMobil Foundation “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” program seeks to promote the distinct advantages of the profession as well as the need for women to pursue careers in the field.

More than 60 DFW-area girls participated in interactive demos provided by UTA’s Science Ambassadors and learned about various career paths within the engineering profession from video game designer to biomedical engineer. The event was one of 16 associated programs hosted at ExxonMobil facilities across the United States in conjunction with the National Engineers Week Foundation.

LMS GEMS: (from left to right) TaMyrah Burns, Tatyanna Byrd, Jazzmin Gray, Brillanna Steward, Kennedy Mathews, Terlana Ward, Anita Douglas, Lyric Cox, Aniyah Vinson, Shakendra Brisco

LMS GEMS: (from left to right) TaMyrah Burns, Tatyanna Byrd, Jazzmin Gray, Brillanna Steward, Kennedy Mathews, Terlana Ward, Anita Douglas, Lyric Cox, Aniyah Vinson, Shakendra Brisco