White House Event: Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Women have come a long way in trying to break through the STEM glass ceiling, but they are still facing challenges in this male-dominated field.
    According to a report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), negative stereotype affects girls’ interest in STEM subjects. The report also highlights a number of recommendations to overcome this problem — from introducing successful women role models to girls, to educating students about the stereotype threat, to mentoring.
  2. The event at the White House featured a panel of inspiring women: Dr. Cady Coleman, who is a retired NASA astronaut; Jocelyn Goldfein, the director of engineering for Facebook; Dr. Jean Hernandez, who is the president of Edmonds Community College; and Bianca Bailey, president of the Howard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
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    An astronaut, engineer, college president and more at #girlsinstem panel… http://instagr.am/p/Jzmyvfhm0Y/
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:53:48
  4. The public was asked to tweet their questions to the panel using the hashtag #GirlsInStem on twitter, or use a provided webform to submit their queries.

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    #GirlsinSTEM @WhiteHouse Panel ?: How did you handle the naysayers? Watch live: 1.usa.gov/IjlwqO #STEM #womeninscience
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:10:00
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    What role do you think mass media can play in pushing this movement forward, whether it be in News media, TV shows, or movies. #GirlsInSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:08:57
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    @whitehouse What’s the role of self-id as #GirlsInSTEM? When is gender association helpful & when does it just perpetuate stereotypes?
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:10:35
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    #girlsinSTEM what would you like to see more of at Federal agencies to promote women in STEM?
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:15:31
  9. To dispel the conventional perception that STEM subjects are boring, the panelists spoke about what’s great about their field, and also what having women in STEM can bring: compassion.
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    Jocelyn Goldfein “Great thing about #computing – start w/ nothing and build something that can touch people around the planet.” #GirlsInSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:58:29
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    “there’s magic in science and engineering and it is just plain fun” Dr. Cady Coleman from @NASA on her experiences in space #GirlsInSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:55:10
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    “Women bring compassion to #STEM fields in a different way.” #GirlsInSTEM @kpeterson @CarolTang1
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:46:08
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    All the girls’ Science Fair projects were about helping people. That’s what women can bring to the field. 1.usa.gov/yqt9Ez #GirlsinSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:46:35
  14. The four panelists also gave advice on how to embark on the road to career in STEM, and to keep pressing on.
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    Dr. Hernandez: take as much math, chemistry, physics, and biology in high school as you can. #GirlsinSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:13:57
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    what if you don’t like a STEM subject – just cause its hard for you, doesn’t mean its not for you
    #GirlsInSTEM whitehouse.gov/live/white-…
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:14:52
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    Dr. Hernandez: But if you didn’t take a lot of math/science in high school, it’s not too late. Your community college can help. #GirlsinSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:15:06
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    Don’t give up on the 1st thing that doesn’t work out. Keep going until you succeed, then keep going more. 1.usa.gov/yqt9Ez #GirlsinSTEM
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:45:03
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    @whitehouse panel #GirlsInSTEM advice: #Math the language of #science. Learn the fundamentals and don’t feel overhwhelmed.
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:05:24
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    @whitehouse panel #GirlsInSTEM advice: “Don’t psych yourself out. Don’t be intimidated by others. And ‘fake it til you make it’.”
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:06:58
  21. However, the most important advice and message was mentoring, which was, as mentioned above, one of the recommendations given by the AAUW in their report.
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    @whitehouse panel advice: Key to success in #STEM – mentors! Be a FabFem for #GirlsInSTEM. ow.ly/au3FL
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:08:05
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    Mentors can be critical for launching #GirlsinSTEM: bit.ly/Jv9wV2
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:05:01
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    Dr. Hernandez: Homework for #GirlsinSTEM-Ask family members if there are 2 or 3 relatives in STEM fields you can interview/job shadow.
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:28:56
  25. In fact, NASA has a virtual mentoring programme that allows young women to learn more about the field of study they’re interested in, and ask questions to the women at NASA. One of the goals of this project is to reach out to young women who are contemplating a career in STEM, and hopes to inspire and encourage them to do so.
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    Women@nasa offers virtual #STEM mentoring. ow.ly/au51t #GirlsInSTEM theme: Mentoring key component for success.
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:18:19
  27. The event also showed a screening of a video titled “Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science”. This video features clips of a variety of projects created by girls who took part in the 2012 White House Science Fair, such as a UV light lunch box that kills bacteria on food.
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    Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science
    Tue, Apr 24 2012 11:18:33
  29. If you are interested in getting to know other female role models in STEM, check out Huffington Post UK’s interview with Commander Camilla Corona from NASA, or watch AAUS’s “Wonder Women in STEM” webcast on April 26, Thursday!


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