Inc. Foster Interest in Math, Science Careers
ExxonMobil and Girls Incorporated
of Metropolitan Dallas (Girls Inc.,) want to increase the number of
young women in what are traditionally male-dominated jobs across the
science and engineering sectors. ExxonMobil and Girls showcased math,
science, and technology projects at the ExxonMobil Family Math and
Science Night on 8 November 2006 in Dallas, TX.
"It is important that girls are aware of the numerous career
opportunities a math and science education can hold for them," said
Gerald McElvy, president of ExxonMobil Foundation. "We need to
introduce these possibilities at a young age and help them tackle
misconceptions about these fields. ExxonMobil is proud to be a sponsor
and is a firm believer that the ExxonMobil Family Math and Science
Night has opened minds and brought about excitement for many students."
The ExxonMobil Family Math and Science Night provided an educational
experience for the family including math and science stations that
engage children of all ages in interesting projects and experiments.
The evening allowed the girls and their siblings to explore, ask
questions and solve problems in these fields. Additionally, parents
received information on a variety of topics such as studying
techniques, tips for communicating with teachers and how to use
household items as learning tools.
"The ability to help girls develop a healthy attitude and understanding
of math, science and technology is central to ensuring that girls
realize their full potential," said Ruth Thomas, chief executive
officer, Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas. "Girls gain
confidence, competence and comfort through programs like ExxonMobil
Family Math and Science Night."
During 2006, ExxonMobil provided a $35,000 grant for Operation SMART
projects, which support the company’s effort to improve education by
creating an awareness of math and science-based career opportunities
for women and minorities.
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