Recruiting More Women Engineers Means Getting Girls More Involved in STEM
Career Opportunities in STEM and Computing
Getting Girls More Involved in STEM
STEM Resources for Educators and Parents
- The Girls Coding Project, a program of the WNY STEM Hub, runs for two weeks each summer for girls in middle and high school.
- Girls Who Code has clubs and camps across the country for students in third grade through college. They focus on “closing the gender gap in technology.”
- The Girl Scouts offer experiences in and badges for STEM work.
- Girlstart, a program in Texas, Massachusetts and California, offers STEM experiences for students in elementary school and beyond.
- Techbridge Girls focuses on STEM programs in low-income communities.
- Black Girls Code is a coding program focused on women of color.
- Latinas in STEM is an organization committed to STEM education through school and into professional life, with a focus on Latinas.
- Code.org offers coding resources for K-12 students and educators.
- The Khan Academy offers free educational materials on computing.
- The LEGO MINDSTORMS series allows children to build and program robots.
- The Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation scholarships are typically due in the fall preceding an academic year. Their Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship is open to women undergraduates majoring in engineering or another technical science, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- The Women at Microsoft Scholarship is run by the Seattle Foundation, a multifaceted philanthropic organization focused on Seattle and King County. This scholarship is open to any high school senior in the United States who identifies as a woman and/or non-binary and plans to pursue a career in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) field. Applications are typically due in the spring preceding the new academic year.
- The Girls in STEM Scholarship is run by Girls Who Stem and their parent organization, RKT Publishing. The scholarship is open to undergraduates in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.0r and a “proven history of advocacy for participation of girls in STEM programs.” Applications are typically due in December preceding the new academic year.
- The Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program provides financial support for those who identify as a woman and are studying a STEM field at any level.
Engaging in STEM – University and Beyond
- The Society of Women Engineers was founded in 1950 and, with over 42,000 members, is one of the largest professional organizations for women in engineering and technology. They provides resources for personal and career development.
- The Association for Women In Science was founded in 1971 and focuses on fair compensation, equitable advancement, and women leaders and role models in STEM. The organization has 80 chapters and provides professional development tools for members.
- Google’s Women Techmakers program has been running events and initiatives through Google since 2014. The program curates content for women in tech and spearheads initiatives such as Women Techmakers India and Google-sponsored scholarship programs.
- For students attending Syracuse University programs, the Engineering and Computer Science department recognizes over a dozen clubs and organizations ranging from competitive racing clubs to professional Greek organizations. Students can find more information on the school’s Syracuse University’s Clubs and Organizations website.
- The Microsoft-sponsored TEALS programs pairs technical volunteers with teachers to help promote coding in schools. Volunteers are placed in classrooms and help teach computer science subjects to students and teachers. STEM professionals can apply to volunteer for the TEALS program on the Microsoft website.
- Code for Fun combines creative skills with computer science education and looks for volunteers to help run their programs for students in grades K-12. They utilize tools and games like Minecraft, Scratch, and Roblox to help teach coding concepts. Volunteers don’t need to have a coding background and can apply on the Coding for Fun website.