Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute

At the Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute our goal is to provide a framework and platform that informs, inspires and empowers young girls to explore entrepreneurial opportunities that can change the world through S.T.E.A.M.

We want to level the playing field for girls from diverse communities to dream big and make their dreams a reality.

WHY:

Women hold only 25% of STEAM jobs. Today’s education system lacks many of the leadership, critical thinking and life-skills training needed by young entrepreneurs.

There were over 2.4 mil. unfilled STEAM jobs in the US in 2018. Despite this skills gap, there continues to be a gender bias against hiring women for STEAM positions and women seldom attain leadership roles.

We need to work together to break down the barriers to entry for women and girls in the fast-growing S.T.E.A.M. industries.

HOW:

As aggregators, we will provide a central access point for the diverse programs, course materials, events and the resources girls need to thrive in STEAM careers. Our parent and teacher programs will ensure girls have the support of their family and community to pursue lives of purpose, substance and service.

By building partnerships with global corporations, women business enterprises, entrepreneurs and NGOs who are embracing S.T.E.A.M., we will help girls develop the personal and professional skills and the confidence they need to pursue STEAM careers.

This fall we will be launching three inaugural programs focused on sparking the curiosity, innovation and team work girls need to see the possibilities within themselves and to thrive.

New Programs Launching:

The Online Learning Center is a resource of information for girls, parents, and educators geared to provide personal and professional development tools for young girls taught by experts. These classes are not currently available to students attending public middle and high schools today and will be offered without cost to the students.

The podcast series is geared to educate and inform young girls, parents, teachers and all others who want to learn the latest trends and valuable insights from leaders in the S.T.E.A.M. industries.

Some of our guest speakers will be leaders in gaming, technology, digital media, business leaders, critical thinking, team building,
communications and personality styles, to name a few.

S.T.E.A.M.
CHALLENGE

Girls 12-17 years of age compete through written application to participate in a two-day Team Competition to develop a viable business concept and a digital application and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for cash awards.

Girls learn about team building, financing a business, making compelling presentations, critical thinking and business analysis.
Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in Parents Only workshops.

HOW WE HELP BUILD COMMUNITIES

Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute is partnering with schools, government agencies, foundations and other nonprofit STEM or STEAM organizations to build bridges across multiple industries that showcase multiple resources for young girls in STEAM. Our goal is to reach girls who may not be interested in STEAM now but change their thinking to make choices to get involved because of the testimonies of other young girls like them who are having so much fun!

To achieve this, we are building a new program which will train young girls who have completed our program to go back into their communities and hold workshops and training camps for young girls. There will be no cost to attend because any overhead for the program will be underwritten through donations and grants.

Parents, teachers and schools will have access to our Online Learning Center and Podcast Series to help them keep pace with all of the changes in the fields of science and technology and it won’t cost them a penny. Plus it will help girls become better prepared for working in the STEAM fields, qualify for scholarships, fellowships and paid internships.