Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Girl Scouts STEM Initiatives Featured at White House

The White House Blog reports that Girls in STEM, featuring young women scientists and engineers who wowed the President and the nation at the White House Science Fair in February, shines a spotlight on these extraordinary young role models and their exciting projects – ranging from a machine that detects buried landmines, to a prosthetic hand device, to a lunchbox that uses UV light to kill bacteria on food.

Following the release of this video, several of America’s top women in science and engineering took the stage to talk about how pursuing their interest in STEM led them to exciting and rewarding careers. Moderated by Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and an engineer by training – who also delivered opening remarks – this panel included the following: Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering at Facebook, Dr. Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired, Bianca Bailey, President of the Howard University Chapter of Engineers without Borders, Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College.

In addition, inspired by the President’s “all-hands-on deck” call to action, a number of private-sector partners have joined with the Administration today to announce exciting new commitments to expand STEM learning opportunities for girls and provide them with inspiring STEM role models and mentors.

More than $500,000 in new funding for STEM programing at the national girl-serving organization, Girls, Inc. A new partnership between Girl Scouts, USA and Mocha Moms, Inc., a national network for moms of color, to encourage the recruitment of more STEM mentors.

Although women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, new Girl Scout research shows that it’s not for lack of interest. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute studyGeneration STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM.