On Tuesday, October 20th, twelve female freshman students were nominated by their math and science teachers to attend the 3rd Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day sponsored by the Caterpillar STEM Council and the Caterpillar’s Women’s Initiative Network. Staggering statistics confirm that only 14% of the world’s engineers are females and Caterpillar wants more female students to be exposed to all of the opportunities that are available to them in the world of engineering. The event was held at the Caterpillar Visitor Center in Peoria, IL. The girls explored the many aspects of engineering careers through various speakers and activities throughout the morning. The day was finished up with a presentation lead by the vice-president of Caterpillar, Jean Savage, who spoke of all of the opportunities for careers in STEM. One area the girls enjoyed learning about was the new technology of 3-D printing for technological advances in areas such as the medical field, engineering, fashion, and even food! Students representing Olympia were Marissa Horning, Kaylee Halliday, Renee Hallstein, Emily Burns, Kate Dreyer, Riley Cremeens, Carlee Streens, Payton Wille, Danielle Magee, Jaden Eilts, and Hannah Lawless.