ExxonMobil Encourages Girls to Envision Careers in Math and Science

  ExxonMobil Encourages Girls to Envision Careers in Math and Science

  “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” inspires middle-school students for
                            10^th consecutive year

  *Program sparks students’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering and
    math
  *More than 7,000 students have participated in ExxonMobil-sponsored
    activities since the program began in 2003
  *ExxonMobil to host hundreds students at 16 company locations

Business Wire

IRVING, Texas -- February 19, 2013

The ExxonMobil Foundation is collaborating with the National Engineers Week
Foundation for the 10^th consecutive year to host Introduce a Girl to
Engineering Day at 16 company locations across the United States. The program
promotes interest in engineering among middle-school students and helps reduce
the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“We can inspire our nation’s youth to pursue STEM careers by capturing their
interest at an early age,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil
Foundation. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day helps young women gain
self-confidence and an appreciation for the engineering profession by learning
from role models and taking part in engaging math and science activities.”

ExxonMobil employees will lead fun, hands-on activities that connect math and
science to everyday life and reinforce classroom instruction. Activities
include water-purification experiments, energy-industry demonstrations using
3D technology to search for oil and natural gas and exploring the science of
manufacturing cosmetics.

“The National Engineers Week Foundation is committed to helping students --
especially girls who are underrepresented in engineering and technology --
discover engineering and how it helps the world,” said Leslie Collins,
executive director, National Engineers Week Foundation. “Our partnership with
the ExxonMobil Foundation enables thousands of youth to envision a fulfilling
future through a career in engineering.”

The need to engage girls in math and science studies, and eventually careers,
is critical. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80 percent of jobs
in the next decade will require math and science knowledge. The Congressional
Joint Economic Committee reports that women represent just 14 percent of
engineers and comprise only 27 percent of mathematics and computer-science
professionals.

Programs like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day are helping more young women
gain the knowledge and skills associated with STEM careers to alleviate the
workforce deficit.

More than 7,000 students have participated in ExxonMobil-sponsored science and
math activities since the program began in 2003.

About the ExxonMobil Foundation

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil
Corporation in the United States. The foundation and the corporation engage in
a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science
in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United
States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education
at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2011, together with its employees
and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and
affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $278 million in
contributions worldwide, of which $120 million was dedicated to education.
www.exxonmobil.com/community.

About National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week (eweek.org), founded in 1951 by the National Society
of Professional Engineers, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and
well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and
interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by
promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises
public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society
and is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. For more
information please visit www.eweek.org.

Contact:

ExxonMobil
Media Advisor, 972-444-1107
 
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