ExxonMobil recently held its "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" day where around 55 girls were invited to join employees at its Irving, Texas, US, headquarters.
The activities are part of a broader company-wide initiative to interest girls in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The students learned about a wide variety of career options available in the fields of maths and science and the growing need for more students who can solve "today's problems with creative solutions".
As part of their engineering experience, the girls heard presentations on engineering careers, interacted with a current engineering student and participated in experiments.
"Interest in maths and science careers is not keeping pace with the need for engineers in the workforce, and women are significantly underrepresented in related positions," says senior programme officer for ExxonMobil, Truman Bell.
"It's imperative that we capture young women's attention and curiosity when they are in middle school and show them the fun and excitement that a future in engineering can hold," says Bell.
ExxonMobil holds events at 14 company sites and reaches more than 3,500 students annually.
Watch a video about the initiative here.