We are STEAMers
We globally enlighten and inspire girls to pursue STEAM Entrepreneurship and Leadership to make the world a better place.
What is STEAM?
Girls STEAM Institute™
We cultivate the world’s future leaders, today. We introduce girls to immersive technologies like AR, VR, AI as tools for leaders who can handle future challenges.
Despite accounting for over half of the college-educated workforce, women makes up only 29% of those employed in science and engineering occupations. We are here to change that.
Women own less than 10% of startups in the world! Our entrepreneurial education cultivates the Tech Leaders of tomorrow to disrupt the unbalance.
Studies show that girls who participate in the performing arts and sports develop self-awareness and leadership attributes which are important traits as leaders and owners of businesses.
We create pathways for girls to receive mentorship on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
In a nutshell
ABOUT Girls STEAM Institute™
GSI uses Project-Based Learning (PBL) to teach girls how to ideate, innovate, and implement in a team setting to solve problems as entrepreneurs and leaders.
We employ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to create tools for personal development such as leadership, critical and design thinking, team building, self-care, finance, and budgeting.
In partnership with the Virtual World Society, GSI embraces virtual STEAM Challenges, using VR to connect, learn, and engage in creating solutions to real-world problems.
We are working with the United Nations on three Sustainable Development Goals through 2030 to introduce our STEAMers to the important issues of Climate Change, Civic Duty, and Personal, Physical and Mental Health.
Girls STEAM Institute™ Empowering Leaders in STEAM
In 2014, Diane McClelland and Suzanne Lackman had a vision: Empower young girls to become entrepreneurial leaders in STEAM. They launched their first STEAM Challenge through a nonprofit women’s organization they founded and helmed, and three years later spun their highly successful girls entrepreneurship program into its own nonprofit: The Girls STEAM Institute™.
Since its inception, the STEAM Challenge has inspired hundreds of young girls ages 13-18 to pursue leadership roles in STEAM. Our graduates have become inspirational leaders in their communities, schools, and business. They are YOUNGA UN Ambassadors, are in Forbes 30 Under 30, and have authored a book.
Our girls have reached high for their education and professional goals, going to MIT, working at NASA, starting their own companies, and winning professional awards. Even while in high school, many have founded community and school organizations to help spread leadership and entrepreneurial skills to their classmates, promoting the value of an integrated education including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Athletics, and Mathematics.
Some of our graduates have even returned to us to serve on our Board.
Enlighten and inspire girls globally to pursue S.T.E.A.M. entrepreneurship and leadership.
Build a sustainable global pipeline for inspiring and empowering girls to pursue innovation as STEAM entrepreneurs.
Fortune favors the bold. We empower our STEAMers to steam ahead against all obstacles.
We believe true leaders are ones who bring everyone together for a common goal. We cultivate leadership skills by empowering our STEAMers.
Serving the community is prime importance for us.
We see diversity as the prime factor of richness in our work and in our community. GSI is dedicated in breaking barriers and give EVERY girl the opportunity to pursue their potential.
We believe in new solutions to old problems. Our STEAMers think outside of the box in making the world a better place.
Our STEAMers value Integrity above all else. We understand that true competition is within ourselves, more than any other external factor. We push our potential while never departing from integrity.
We are the leading organization globally empowering girls to advance in STEAM entrepreneurship and leadership. We make that happen with a world-class leadership team.
We bring a wealth of skills and experience from global backgrounds
Girls STEAM Institute™ is proud to have a team of Board of Directors who bring diversity of race, gender, age, industry and geography with experience to mentor young girls from various perspectives.
The Development Committee is responsible to identify funding services, resources, partnerships which culminate in providing assistance in financially supporting the overall growth of programs for its constituents. Girls STEAM Institute™ has a fundraising platform, Network For Good, which is used for fundraising campaigns for sponsorships and individual donations.
The Marketing Committee is responsible for the branding and communication styles for the organization. This includes GSI website, social media, newsletter, brand guidelines and communication plan.
The Programs Committee is responsible for the expanding of current programs and develop new options for programs to include online microlearning center, entrepreneurship team challenges, live streaming events, master classes given by experts in multiple industries, and offer programming using the latest technology of AR, VR, and mixed reality.
Meet our STEAMers
At Girls STEAM Institute™ we are aware that we are working with the future leaders of tomorrow!
Our prime mission is to empower girls and unleash their true potential as they pursue their dreams.
Meet some of our STEAMers that we are proud to work with.
The GSI STEAM Challenge unites girls from diverse backgrounds into small cohesive teams that address a specific themed event, and collaborate on entrepreneurial solutions. Over the course of two days, each team ideates solutions, creates a digital business, develops a SWOT analysis, designs a prototype application, and pitches their business to a panel of judges.
Every year we see young girls blossom into valuable leaders and respectful team members.
GSI provides a haven for girls to share ideas and work together to create solutions. Girls learn about building a business in the context of STEAM, and best of all, they develop a network of like-minded cohorts who accept them for who they are, and encourage them in all they want to be. They become empowered and validated leaders in our midst, and carry that forward into their lives.
Our girls consistently report that the STEAM Challenge is life-changing.
Their parents consistently echo their daughters’ sentiments.
Through GSI’s STEAM Challenge, parents frequently grow as much as the girls. When mothers and fathers see the brilliance of their daughters shine within the framework of our STEAM Challenge, they renew commitments to support their daughters to help them achieve their highest dreams.
Tool Kits for Entrepreneurs
We train and empower the best young STEAM Entrepreneurs through our tailored Tool Kits for Entrepreneurs™ and Team Entrepreneurial Challenges.
Leadership and Personal Development
We encourage and teach our girls to become servant leaders who give back to their communities.
Our programs and events prepares our STEAMers for leadership now and for the challenges of tomorrow.
Training in VR and AI
We train our STEAMers in Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence. We treat these terms as not some buzz-words, but we unveil the black box and show our STEAMers the engine, so that they can take the mantle forward.
Micro Online Learning Center
We use an interactive system of adaptive learning which, in short cracks of time, provides experience in critical thinking, math, unconscious bias, imposter syndrome, civics and money management, to name a few. The premise is teaching concepts which lead to new attitudes and habits of learning measured on mastery points and not grades.
Girls STEAM in a Box™ Partnership
In 2022, we are proud to announce the 2022 VR Team Business Challenge and will be announcing more interactive, fun events.
2022 VR Girls Team Business Challenge
About Girls STEAM Institute™
The Girls STEAM Institute™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering and inspiring girls 13-18 to pursue STEAM entrepreneurship and leadership.
About VR Girls Team Business Challenge
The Girls STEAM Institute™ Virtual Reality Girls Team Business Challenge is geared to educate and encourage young girls 12-17 to become entrepreneurs and solve world problems. Twelve girls were chosen by representing diversity in geography, age, culture and assigned to a team of 4 to develop a business with viable concepts to remedy the Climate Change Crisis and the Role of Technology and Saving Our Earth.
The Girls in STEAM Institute is a non-profit that enlightens and inspires girls globally to pursue S.T.E.A.M. entrepreneurship and leadership to build a sustainable international pipeline for inspiring and empowering girls to pursue innovation as STEAM entrepreneurs.
Lance’s Underwater Intimate Theater
Features seating for approximately 60 people in an art deco style theater with lobby. The ceiling is transparent and features water movement overhead. Access from the front of the stage is by two wide, easy-to-use ramps.
Dr. Tom Furness
Dr. Tom Furness is co-founder of the Virtual World Society and considered the grandfather of VR. For over 60 years, he has been a leader in immersive technology innovations that have touched the lives of millions around the world. He is a professor emeritus of the University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory, one of the oldest XR labs in the world.
Prashant Shah will be discussing the Introduction to AI and its applications for Climate Change. He is the global head of Artificial Intelligence, Health, and Life Sciences at Intel, leading efforts to develop IoT, datacenter, and cloud-based AI platforms for medical imaging, electronic records, genomics, and drug discovery. He is also the AI advisor to the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us precision medical research program aimed to collect data over 10 years on over 1 million participants to establish the basis of wellness and disease.
Doug Hohulin worked for 33 years at Nokia/Motorola in Strategy, Business Development, Account Management, and Engineering roles. He focuses on XR/Metaverse, Telecommunication, Intelligent Transportation (Automated Vehicles, Traffic Safety, UAV), Energy/Smart Grid, Digital Health, Telehealth, Education, Future of Work and Public Policy projects. He is a Volunteer Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Nursing supporting various XR projects. He is a KC Digital Drive Health Innovation Team member and on the University of Central Missouri Gigabit Lab Advisory Board.
Kate Edwards is a unique hybrid of an applied geographer, writer, and content culturalization strategist with a passion for global cultures and media technologies. With broad experience in the fields of geography, cartography, geopolitics and cross-cultural issues, she is a recognized thought leader in the information industry as related to inclusive representation, content management, and cross-cultural impacts of information and globalization. She is an award-winning Advocate, Forbes' Women 50 Over 50 List, Speaker, Advisor, Geographer and Culturalization Innovator at Geogrify, CXO/Co-Founder at SetJetters, Former Executive Director of the Global Game Jam and IGDA, and former Microsoft geopolitical strategist and now independent consultant for her company
Diane McClelland is the Co-Founder and CEO of Girls STEAM Institute™. Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute is a nonprofit which focuses on engaging young girls ages 13-18 to explore becoming a social entrepreneur in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields. We are a group of women business owners and subject matter experts impassioned to reach more girls to help mentor them to develop self-confidence, team building and leadership skills, and tools to build successful businesses. Our focus is to showcase how technology, interpersonal and relationship skills, and business acumen are necessary ingredients in becoming a successful STEAM entrepreneur. She is the founder and former President and CEO of the Astra Society International and regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Deborah Todd MBA
former Executive Board member of the Producers Guild of American, member of the WGA, PGA, ATA, G100, NASW, and Girls STEAM Institute. She is an award-winning writer, designer, producer, editor working with developers, studios, production houses, and publishers worldwide, and served as the Senior Director Content Development in Science. Her innovative multimedia and multi-platform entertainment and transmedia development projects have explored the wide range of science including AI, astronomy, astrophysics, biology, biopharma, biotech, botany, chemistry, computer science, ecology, mathematics, neurobiology, environmental science and a wide range of life sciences. She’s published over 30 game titles as the sole designer, writer, or producer. Three of the games have over 1 million users and were awarded Best Interactive STory, Best Educational Software, and Top 12 Titles of the Year.
Wednesday, July 13 – 4-5PM PT in Altspace VR for the girls and speakers to train – fairly open.
Thursday July 14 4PM PT
9:00 – 10:00 AM – Geography, Games, & Geekness: Forging Your Unique Career Path
Speaker: Kate Edwards, Geogrify
10:30 – 11:30 AM – Building the Sustainable Metaverse Infrastructure
Speaker: Doug Hohulin, SurferDoug
11:30-12:30 – If Loving the Planet Could be a Game: Sustainability, Gameplay, and 1,000,000 Kids
Speakers: Deborah Todd
Team Practice Events Open – https://account.altvr.com/groups/2043893181833019471