JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker and author, works with schools, community groups, and universities that organize and hosts Girls in STEM programs. She provides action-based strategies to:
- encourage Girls to pursue STEM degrees, and
- gives young women in STEM degrees advice and guidance on their future career journeys.
She is often invited to speak at national STEM based programs and events. She also joins many Tech or STEM based classrooms virtually.
Videos of Women STEM Careers
These videos are an excellent tool for the classroom and STEM based discussion with young women.
- Young Women STEM: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLthH01VXL9BAf8Dlg822-q5Skqei1DqWs
- Woman Aerospace Engineer, Natalie Panek, Woman in STEM joins us from Canada – https://youtu.be/IzqPjohHTJg?list=PLthH01VXL9BAf8Dlg822-q5Skqei1DqWs [LISTEN specifically to video between 5:00-7 mins where Natalie shares her 4 rejections by NASA and Still gets the internship!!]
- App Entrepreneur at 15 Yrs old, Superstar Megan Holstein is the CEO of Pufferfish Software: https://youtu.be/wv8bUHzwkCc?list=PLthH01VXL9BAf8Dlg822-q5Skqei1DqWs
- A Woman Engineer, Making a Solar Impact on the World, Eden Full (Woman in STEM): Started at 10 years old: https://youtu.be/krVU6G0aFkI?list=PLthH01VXL9BAf8Dlg822-q5Skqei1DqWs BE SURE TO LISTEN TO 6:50 to the end – it is so inspirational!!
- Full Series of 46 video interview: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLthH01VXL9BBN6OIvE9CCFPPTEuQylXZ8
Gifts for Girl in STEM programs:
- Inspirational Charms – http://journeycharms.com/inspirational-gifts/
- Sunglasses: http://journeycharms.com/charms-store/#!/Believe-in-your-future/p/13327111/category=2872455
- Butterfly – http://journeycharms.com/charms-store/#!/Keep-evolving/p/13327117/category=2872455
According to U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts with similar education.
Women make up nearly half the work force but have just 26 percent of science, technology, engineering or math jobs, according to the Census Bureau.
National Initiatives for Girls in STEM
- EngineerGirl – The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
- The Synapse Project encourages young women to enter the field of neuroscience through information and mentorship.
- Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering how a car’s engine runs, how to manage finances, or exploring careers in STEM fields, girls are fast-forwarding into the future.
- Sally Ride Science provides tools for college and career readiness that can build students’ passion for STEM fields and careers.
- The AspireIT program has awarded $102,491 to 24 pilot programs in its inaugural round! These programs will run in 15 states at more than 25 sites, reaching a diverse community of nearly 800 middle school girls with 25,000 hours of instruction in computing and technology.
- HER Ideas in Motion is 501c3 non-profit corporation focused on helping girls achieve in technology and media arts. Through hands-on workshops and tech clubs, girls learn technical and creative skills from professionals, while building their own projects. (Cleveland, OH)
- DIY Girls – DIY Girls (@DIYgirls) provides opportunities for women and girls to learn tech and maker skills by offering monthly workshops for women and out of school programs for young girls. (Los Angeles, California)
- A World In Motion® (AWIM) program is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.
- STEM Inquiry for Girls, a nonprofit that introduces girls in K-6 to female role models in STEM.(TN)
- Step IT Up America is an ambitious program in response to STEM efforts across America. The first phase of the program will target 1,000 inner-city women from minority communities in ten of the nation’s largest cities. The long term goal is to provide 5,000 women with technology education by 2020.
- NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance.
- Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
- Coding bootcamps — short, intensive programming training courses to help prospective programmers better understand the many bootcamp options available, including what each offers, typical cost, and expected outcomes.
- Engineering Degree Guides – A Resource Guide for Future Girl Engineers! [Thank you, Sydney for your interest in Maker Movement and this suggestion! I am thrilled to include it.]
Companies Committed to STEM Education
- HP Catalyst Academy
- Toyota Committed to STEM Education
- Time Warner Cable, Discovery World team up for STEMfest
- Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Executive Leaders of Chevron
- The Open Education Alliance (OEA) is an industry-wide alliance of employers and educators in the service of students throughout the world. It provides access to cutting-edge and relevant post-secondary education that empowers individuals to pursue successful careers in technology.
- Facebook Open Academy goal is to improve the curriculum at a meaningful number of top university computer science departments around the world. Specifically, the aim is to provide a practical, applied software engineering experience as part of a university student’s CS education.
- Dell Grants Nearly $2.4 Million to Support Youth Learning, STEM Education, and ICT Skills Training in Underserved Communities across America
Awards, Scholarships & Stipends for Women
- The Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of technical women helping one another.
- Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects.
- Scholarships and Finacial Aid for Women – Many financial aid opportunities are created specifically for female students seeking higher education. By taking advantage of grants, scholarships, loans and alternative means of funding, women have an easier path toward their desired education and career. [by: Ashley Hill]
- The 10 Fastest-Growing Job Titles Are All in Tech
- Fastest-Growing Jobs Are in STEM
- The ‘T’ In STEM: Getting More U.S. Students To Gravitate To Computer Science Programs
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