Women in STEM Program

Author: Lexie Duttera
Major: Biochemistry
Approved: Spring 2020
Status: In progress

Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) are becoming more and more well known. Young girls, however, are often unaware of these great women who have come before them and what they have done to pave the way in their various fields. For this project one or two women from each field of STEM will be highlighted to help girls develop a more extensive knowledge of what other women did to create a better world and how this impacts the girls’ lives. There will be a brief description of the woman and her accomplishments that allows girls to learn about real-world role models. This should encourage thinking about all the fields that she can compete in and how many experiences there are to try. There will also be a sampling of experiments for the girls to try that connects back to the women they learned about. The goal of these experiments is to give the girls a hands-on experience that may help them to learn something new that they never thought they would enjoy or could do. The experiments should also provide them with a new appreciation for those who have come before them. Hopefully, the girls will also be able to have some fun trying new things and discovering that they can do anything they put their mind to. The hope is that after this program, the girls will be able to see how far women have come in the fields of STEM and how many opportunities there are for them to change the world, make it a better place, have some fun along the way, and earn an interesting Girl Scout Fun Badge.