Mission-critical initiative aimed at inspiring, empowering and encouraging interest in science and engineering among girls.
There is a historic and continuing under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Jobs requiring critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration are growing, while at the same time there is a lack of available talent to fill them. Studies also show that girls are more engaged in learning when the content presented is both tactile and is closely tied to solving for a real-world problem or challenge. This framework is often lacking in today's classroom.
Arizona Science Center's Girls in STEM program plays an important role in fostering a community of learners interested in pursuing science inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2013, Girls in STEM creates an empowering and collaborative environment for girls in grades 4–8 to engage with other girls and female mentors for a full day of hands-on learning. This year, the Center also has its first female scientist serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Barbara Lockwood, P.E. (Vice President, Regulation for APS). Thus, Girls in STEM is a strategic and mission-critical initiative under her leadership.