Common Sense Review
Updated December 2012

Engineer Girl

Female engineers give girls career advice on this visually appealing site
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • The overall format and organization of the site is very appealing and easy to navigate.
  • The "Ask an Engineer" forum provides opportunities for girls to ask questions directly to female professional engineers.
  • The site has a focus on up-to-date information about engineering careers and research.
  • The site includes links to lots of resources for college-ready girls interested in engineering.
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.
Paul Cancellieri
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 2
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? 3
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? 3
The format is clear and easy to navigate, but the website has no help section.
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How Can Teachers Use It?

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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What's It Like?

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.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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.

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