Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

STEM is for Girls!

Today’s Abilene Christian University & ATEMS (Academy for Technology, Engineering, Math and Science) STEM for Girls event was fun & exciting!

A group of 60 middle school girls did hands on activities including coding, biology, robotics, physics, engineering and color & design. They got to work with women who are scientists and mathematicians and older girls and women who are pursuing careers and study in these fields.

It was amazing to see the girls learning to code or think about robotics and the science in art and design for the first time. It was heartwarming to hear them ask the older girls and women about their passion for the field, how they have pursued it, and what they’re learning through their work and study.

It is said in the film Miss Representation, If you can’t see it, you can’t be it. Today a lot of girls got the chance to imagine a new future for themselves, and to see women doing things in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields that they hadn’t ever even thought about doing. I hope now that they’ve seen it, they know that they can be it!

2 comments on “STEM is for Girls!

  1. Kimberly Thompson
    January 24, 2015

    If you haven’t yet seen The Imitation Game, it’s definitely a movie worth seeing. In addition to telling the story of Alan Turing (whom the movie distinctly portrays as being on the autism spectrum, although I don’t know whether that’s true or not), it includes Joan Clark, who was his “second” on the team that broke the Enigma code. Talking about a STEM-talented woman! Wow.

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