BECOME A MENTOR: Mentors impact the lives of the girls in a variety of ways including helping with challenges, engaging the girls in different projects, and, most importantly, a chance to mentor and inspire young women to consider exciting careers in STEM.
Why Girls in STEM?
This mission-critical initiative is 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 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.