Join us for the next Design Your World -
STEM Conference for Girls!
Although great progress is being made, only 5% of women who enter college end up graduating with engineering degrees. In “Generation STEM”, the Girl Scout Research Institute found that:
“About half of girls polled believe STEM is not a typical career path for girls”
“Girls are interested in making a difference in the world and need more STEM exposure, education, and experience with the help of key adults in their lives in order to see how STEM fields can achieve their goals now and in the future”
The report concludes by charging “educators, parents, and mentors” to “encourage girls to solve problems, ask questions, and to engage in creative and hands-on activities”.
DESIGN YOUR WORLD – STEM CONFERENCE FOR GIRLS!
The next Design Your World – STEM Conference will be held in Fall 2014. Stay tuned for updates!
The latest Design Your World – STEM Conference was hosted on March 29, 2014 at the University of North Texas Discovery Park for 6th-12th grade girls. In addition to exposing them to female STEM role-models and engaging engineering hands-on activities we hope we answered parents’ and educators’ questions about SAT, PSAT, college prerequisites, AP, Pre-AP classes!
Students participated in three activities throughout the day, selecting from 7 different fields of engineering: Electrical Engineering, Materials/Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Construction Engineering, Aerospace/Mechanical, Computer Science/Technology, and Forensic Science/CSI.
Parents and Educators participated in our Adult sessions which include a Panel of Parents with suggestions on how to engage girls in STEM, a Panel of Engineers who will describe their lives as engineers, and a presentation on strategies for navigating the college engineering admissions process.
Check out our blog post for links to photos and videos from the March 2014 event! Dallas SWE will be posting an event review from conference organizers soon.
Also visit this inspirational blog posts by 2014 Conference Co-Chair Barbara Vilbig on the Path to Becoming an Engineer and not letting your child’s brain be idle this summer!
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