The goal of the day's activities is to mobilize at least 10,000 female engineers who will reach out to one million girls. This will be done through activities ranging from corporate plant tours and job shadowing to demonstrations of basic scientific and engineering principles in K-12 classrooms and university open houses for high school students.
"Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" is an outgrowth of the first Engineers Week Diversity Summit, held in October 1999. The long-term objective of the activity is to attract increasing numbers of women to the engineering profession by raising the interest of girls and young women in engineering, math and science subjects long before they enter college.
The event is guided by a number of corporations and professional societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as by the National Academy of Engineering's Celebration of Women in Engineering program.