The Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute was formed in March of 2018 by Diane McClelland and her twin sister Suzanne Lackman to focus on building personal and professional skills as entrepreneurs and leaders in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The goals are to attract more girls into the S.T.E.A.M. fields by demonstrating how fun and educational the GSI projects are and the opportunity to meet other like-minded girls from all over the world! The founders added “A” for Arts to change the notion that disciplines which favor primarily analytical intelligence are required for technological and human progress. Research shows the addition of the Arts fosters the creative intelligence of the heart which encourages visionary innovation and better understanding of critical thinking.
Additionally, the founders of Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute acknowledge the impact of sports in the development of girls taking risks, building teams and accepting defeat as a learning tool and life lesson. Therefore, the addition of the “A” in S.T.E.A.M. stands for both, Art & Athletics.
Statistics 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.