Over the past few years, growing attention has been raised around the existing global gender gap in scientific fields. And today, as a result of the relentless advocacy and fierce action taken by passionate girls and women (just like you), more girls and women are entering STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields than ever before! Even Hollywood is taking note of the important role that girls and women play (and have been playing) in science and technology fields with the recent release of the blockbusting film Hidden Figures, which highlights the true stories of three barrier-breaking African-American women who played key roles during the space race of the 1960’s.
And because February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we’re highlighting some of the incredible work currently being done by girl leaders, as well as get you tuned in to an opportunity to enhance your own STEM-related skills at our upcoming WiSci STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Camp in Malawi!
Enhance your skills and connect with other STEM-inists at WiSci!
The WiSci Girls STEAM Camp aims to help close the gender gap in scientific, technical, and artistic fields by increasing girls’ access to STEAM education, providing mentorship opportunities and establishing meaningful leadership training. The 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will be held for about two and a half weeks from July 30-August 15 in Malawi and will bring together high school girls from across the African continent and the United States to work together in order to tune up their STEAM skills, cultivate their leadership potential, and build a powerful, global network of passionate advocates!
The application for this year’s WiSci Steam Camp closes on February 13, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Follow this link to apply today!
Girls hack to give back!
In January, former Girl Up Teen Advisor Nehal Jain organized a hackathon competition at her high school in order to fundraise for Girl Up’s coding camp in Zambia run through the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. The Madison Give Backathon focused on computer science education at James Madison High School in Virginia and encouraged students to form teams, brainstorm ideas, and work together to bring one of those ideas to life with technology by creating an app/website. Students then demoed and pitched the apps/websites that they created and competed for awards and prizes.
More than 70 students competed in the event, and the hackathon raised an impressive $3,000 for the girls’ coding camp in Zambia! These girls truly are changing the world, one code at a time!
Teen Advisor STEM Stars
Our Girl Up Teen Advisors are committed to helping to close the gender gap in STEM, and many of them are taking bold actions in their own schools and communities to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to get involved!
Rachel Auslander, a junior from Florida with a love for all things coding, founded the after-school program CoderGals. CoderGals is a free after-school program that connects female high school mentors to elementary school girls interested in learning how to code. The high school students teach the elementary school students the basics of coding, while simultaneously empowering them to own their STEM-inism!
Kathy Kong, a senior from California, traveled to San Francisco as a finalist in this year’s #BUILTBYGIRLS competition where she used her tech skills to create TARA, a community-based mass text service that allows girls in Cambodia to receive SMS text messages from local schools, families and companies on their cell phones. These texts include daily health and safety tips, as well as information about class schedules and workshops. Kathy was even given a $10,000 grant to make her idea into a reality!
Grace Rabinowitz, a senior from New Jersey, is the founder of GeeWhiz, an after-school science program that is dedicated to exposing elementary school students to the scientific method through creative, hands-on experiments. GeeWhiz aims to get girls interested and involved in science at an early age by showing them just how much fun science can be!
Are you ready to strut your STEM-inism?
Keep us in the loop– we would love to hear the ways that you are engaging in science or technology in your own school or community! Interested in learning more about the global importance of girls and women in STEM? Check out this link for more information on all of the groundbreaking strides that girls and women are making in STEM fields (and beyond)!