Review by Paul Cancellieri, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2012

Engineer Girl

Female engineers give girls career advice on this visually appealing site

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Science

Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • College & Career Prep
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
6–12
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Pros: Content ranges from day-in-the-life profiles to Q&A pages, and girls can submit questions to a diverse collection of female engineers.

Cons: Interaction is limited to the ability to post questions.

Bottom Line: Empowering tool encourages girls to explore engineering but is mostly static and best-suited for choosing courses and looking at colleges.

As a static site, Engineer Girl is primarily useful for investigating engineering careers. However, teachers and career counselors can certainly use it to help interested girls explore the possibilities.

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Through a visually appealing format, Engineer Girl gives girls information on the full range of engineering careers. The site is divided into three sections: Engineers, What They Do, and How To Get There. The first section, which is the bulk of the site, is dedicated to profiles of actual female engineers, with sections such as A Day in the Life and Ask an Engineer. It includes a place for registered users to ask questions of the engineers who also have registered on the site. The second section goes into more detail about the types of real-world problems engineers are currently solving. The final section focuses on what girls can do right now to get on track to become engineers. The site provides lists of clubs and competitions -- including the Engineer Girl Essay Contest -- that develop and encourage engineering-related skills. Every page also has tools for printing or emailing content and for sharing on social media sites.

The site does a great job of covering content from a variety of perspectives, and it includes information on the coursework needed to work in different engineering fields as well as the types of work that engineers do. The information about engineering careers is extensive and appears to be current. Girls can ask questions of adult women engineers, who themselves can register on the site as experts.

The only weakness is the relative scarcity of interactive materials. There are links to activities and quizzes on other sites, but there's no built-in functionality here except the ability to ask questions.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
The site is visually appealing, but there’s almost no interactivity.
Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
Engineering career information is presented in a variety of ways, with graphics and real-world connections to make it effective. Girls can learn a lot about the rewarding options available.
Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
The format is clear and easy to navigate, but the website has no help section.

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Paul Cancellieri Classroom teacher

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Gloria E. , Other
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Georgian Court University
Lakewood, United States
Pique girls' interest in engineering careers.
This website is informational with nothing to set up and serves as a good resource for disseminating content to girls seeking to learn about the engineering profession. Fun facts is phenomenal as well as the detailed list of women who have contributed to the field. As a reviewer who should have been an engineer, timely receipt of this type of information can be life-changing. The website could serve girls by exposing them to possibilities and possible mentors as an "Ask an Engineer" forum is available where connections can be established, especially in our social media-driven world. Teachers can pass this website on to girls as career options and assist them in exploring and understanding how to make such a dream a reality. Supplementing the amazing photos that are a part of the website with videos might add more appeal, especially if the video(s) showed something like "A Day in the Life of a Woman Engineer". Interactivity for the sake of interactivity is not necessary, however, the connection to Facebook and Twitter is a plus.
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