FACES OF ENGINEERING
In the beginning of 2016, Team 4980, the Canine Crusaders of Kettle Falls, Washington, created posters detailing the female members of the team with the caption #ILookLikeAnEngineer. This hashtag was first used by Isis Anchalee. For the details of this campaign, see the article here. When Team 4125, Confidential from Umatilla, Oregon saw 4980’s posters, they approached them and proposed the idea of expanding the posters into a full campaign which would be called Faces of Engineering.
The next year, 4980 and 4125 hosted booths at the FRC Competitions at West Valley High School in Spokane, Washington, at CWU in Ellensburg, Washington, and at the Pacific Northwest District Competitions in Cheney, Washington. These booths gave information about the campaign and took polaroid pictures of people holding a sign that said #ILookLikeAnEngineer.
Overall, we hope to impact the world of engineering as much as possible. Currently, our goal is to reach 9,105 people (or 4125+4980) to show that anyone can be an engineer.
Changing a Culture
Faces of Engineering was started in 2016 by FIRST FRC teams 4980 and 4125 to increase female participation and representation in engineering fields and to build confidence in all those who were interested in STEM. We believe that anyone can can do anything they set their mind to, and hope to prove this through stories of hardships and triumphs of those in STEM.
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Visit/Host a Booth
Come meet us! We’ll be at the competitions in Clackamas, OR; Yakima, WA; and West Valley High School in Spokane, WA.
Want to host a booth? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
You can submit your story to be featured in our blog here!