Bridging Barriers: Using Technology to Attract, Retain, and Mentor the Engineering Workforce of Tomorrow


Today’s technology-based global economy places a high premium on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Educators committed to increasing the interest and achievement of females in engineering struggle to find appropriate resources. The Gender and Science Digital Library (GSDL) from Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC) is a unique on-line collection of exemplary resources aimed at encouraging girls and women to pursue science and engineering education and careers. Participants will receive an on-line tour of the GSDL and a hands-on look at exemplary engineering and science resources. An outgrowth of the GSDL, the Effective Access project, is studying how high-school level STEM educators use digital resources and how developers create resources to meet the needs of educators. Project outcomes will be used to refine and enhance the GSDL and other digital resources. Participants will learn more about these two exciting EDC projects, and their contribution towards achieving 50/50 by 2020!

Presented by Sarita Pillai, Katherine Hanson, and Sharon Reidy at the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Conference, Chicago, IL, June 2003.


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Sarita Pillai
Katherine Hanson
Sharon Reidy
Gender and Diversities Institute @ Education Development Center
Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity
Participant Recruitment and Retention
STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development
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Computer Science - general skills and mathematics