Teacher encourages females to join the engineering field

Robotics instructor pushes for more females on the team


Junior Melissa Bushong works during engineering class as the only female in the room.

Tabby Fitzgerald, Reporter

From the simple pencil to the complicated iPhone, these things go through a three-step process of creation- design, machine and robot inspection. But who is in charge of making sure everything goes right? The answer is engineers.

Surprisingly, out of the billions of females in the world, only 13 percent of engineers are female. Engineer teacher Mark Snodgrass has been trying to recruit more girls to join both engineering classes and the robotics team.

“I do my best to have my students help recruit their peers and their friends,” Snodgrass said. “We’ve had engineering nights and call out meetings.”

At the previous school Snodgrass worked at, he started a club at the middle school called I.T. (Information Technology) Girls to get girls to do programming and simple machining. Snodgrass did this so that the girls could feel confident to do it during high school.

According to Snodgrass there are more scholarships available for females in engineering and robotics than for males. On a website called Stemconnector, there are many different scholarships available for many different colleges across the U.S. ranging everywhere from the University of Hawaii to Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Although there aren’t very many girls in engineering, 2 girls for every 30 students in SHS according to Snodgrass, getting involved not only will look good on college applications and future applications for employers, but it will also help you to be more involved with the school and make new friends, according to Guidance counselor Briana Underwood.

“High school is so much more than what you learn sitting in a classroom room,” Underwood said. “It’s about friendships, connections, skills that you learn when being in extra curricular activities.”