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Vol. 15, No. 38 Week of September 19, 2010
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry

Arctic Directory: Exxon headquarters employees host students

ExxonMobil said Feb. 18 that more than 55 local girls participated in the company’s annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.” The middle-school girls were given dowel sticks, index cards, marshmallows and rubber bands and challenged to build a catapult. The hope of the ExxonMobil employees at the company’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, is that they will not only build a launcher, but also a desire to pursue a career in engineering. “Interest in math and science careers is not keeping pace with the need for engineers in the work force, and women are significantly underrepresented in related positions,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for ExxonMobil. “It’s imperative that we capture young women’s attention and curiosity when they are in middle school and show them the fun and excitement that a future in engineering can hold.”



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