#STEAMRising Today – 4.13.2021

Our daughters are our future.  Our future is our daughters.

Here is what’s happening today for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Science).

News

We have all heard that the pandemic has not been good for women career-wise, but could it be especially bad for women in STEM/STEAM careers?

And the remote-learning environment caused by the pandemic has been detrimental to STEM/STEAM education as well.

As part of the United States Mint’s American Women Quarters Program, astronaut Dr. Sally Ride will be one of the first women honored and will be celebrated on a 2022 quarter.

Women in STEM/STEAM

Being part of a pit crew is a STEM/STEAM career!  Beth Paretta is the owner of Paretta Autosports, the first entrant in the Indy 500 from a team that is female-owned, female-driven and with a largely female crew!

Read about Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, President of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and her 5 leadership lessons.

Did you know that being a storm chaser is a STEM/STEAM career?  More women are becoming storm chasers.

Ideas

How do we cultivate the next generation of female STEM/STEAM thinkers?

What do you see when asked to picture a scientist?  Probably a man in a lab coat!  Research shows that when we see people who look like us doing something that we want to do, we can actually envision ourselves doing that same thing and believe that we can do it.  On April 14 NOVA on PBS is presenting “Picture a Scientist”, documenting researchers exposing discrimination and working to make science more inclusive.

Happenings

Registration is open for the Davis Youth Robotics team’s on-line Summer RoboCamps.  These camps are intended for students entering the fourth through eighth grades. 

Florida State University’s Graduate Women in STEM organization is presenting the seventh annual “Art in STEM” exhibit – and yes, it is virtual this year.  This exhibit allows the viewer to explore the beauty and artistry of science and showcases the importance of adding the “A” for arts to STEM, creating STEAM, and opening the door of science to a larger population.

Resources

Check out the Girlstart website with resources for parents, students, teachers and volunteers.  Girlstart provides year-round STEM education and experience programs for K-12 girls.

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