Thursday, April 23, 2015

Girl Scouts and Microsoft Bring Girls and STEM Role Models Together on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Today is national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! It's a day when parents across the country are showing their daughters and sons what their jobs are all about.

It’s an experience that can spark the imagination of a child and help them see new possibilities for their futures. Inspired by President Obama’s call to make sure young people get to experience different kinds of careers, Girl Scouts and Microsoft are teaming up to host a “Girl and STEM” event at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Over 30 girls ages 14 and up from Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital are participating in an interactive “Hour of Code,” which will give them a hands-on learning experience in basic coding using Microsoft technology.

Hoping to provide girls with inspirational female role models and encourage more girls to enter the STEM world, Microsoft will also host a roundtable featuring their own women leaders, as well as Dr. Ellen Stofan, who serves as NASA’s chief scientist and the principal advisor to the administrator on the agency’s science programs, planning, and investments.

Data clearly shows that girls are interested in STEM, but the lack of female role models and encouragement can be a huge roadblock to their choosing STEM as a career path. On Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Microsoft and NASA are stepping up to help Girl Scouts foster these connections and empower girls to succeed in the STEM world of tomorrow.