Introduce a Girl to STEM day brings more than 500 girls to Caterpillar

Each day, through the practical application of science and math, engineers work to improve our lives and help shape our future. Here at Caterpillar, engineers are working to develop innovative solutions for our customers.

The number of STEM graduates has steadily declined since 2003, and as highly skilled jobs in these fields continue to go unfulfilled in the United States, Caterpillar is taking note.  Which is why Caterpillar and our employees are involved in various STEM outreach initiatives, with the goal to encourage skilled trades and vocational skills, while cultivating an environment where innovation is rewarded and can flourish.

One major outreach effort in this initiative is Introduce a girl to STEM day.  This annual Caterpillar event is recognized at locations around the globe in early November.  The goal is to teach 5th - 8th grade girls about STEM fields, as well as introduce them to female (and male) role models in STEM careers.  This year the event, held at a facility in central IL, hosted more than 500 girls from public and private schools.  This event helped to promote diversity in STEM fields and make a better tomorrow for everyone.

“The students learned how Caterpillar is incorporating augmented reality into their training curriculum and product brochures to quickly familiarize operators, technicians, and customers with our products without even stepping outside. With mentors like Racheal Albanito speaking about non-traditional career paths such as graphic design we showed these participants the exciting new face of Caterpillar careers where art, engineering, and technology all come together.” – Ursula Towne, Engineer.

More than 800 Caterpillar employees around the world participate as mentors to provide global, mentor-based programs to help students build STEM skills. Are you ready to build more than a career?

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