There is general confusion amongst many young students about what an engineer does. Some common misconceptions of an engineer’s occupation include driving a train or repairing a VCR. This narrow definition of engineering is misleading many students, leaving them uninformed about the possible career opportunities available to them. This includes females, who historically have been underrepresented in engineering due to such factors as lack of encouragement and inhibiting environments. Therefore, there is a significant need to attract students of both genders equally into engineering careers to create a balance workforce.
Lee, Alison, "Engineering Education for Middle School Students" (2006). 2006 AHS Capstone Projects. 9.