Are you a comic-book person? You probably are, though you might not think about yourself that way. Disney and Warner Brothers have turned comic book characters into multi-billion dollar franchises. They haven’t just capitalized on popular characters like Spider-Man. They’ve brought more obscure characters like Star-Lord and Black Panther into mainstream popular culture. The superhero multiverse used to be the realm of “nerds”. Today it’s part of the furniture.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics aren’t quite as lucky. There are certainly STEM heroes, but you’ll never see a movie where Deborah Jin and Jane Goodall team up to stop Persi Diaconis from merging the mathematical theory of groups with statistics and destroying the world. Very few people dress up as Lene Vestergaard Hau for Halloween.
And yet we are all science people. We are science people because we live on a complex and dynamic planet teeming with life. We are STEM people because we’re made of atoms that have organized themselves into molecules, which have somehow organized themselves into living, sentient creatures who are working really hard to discover how we and everything else in the Universe works. The Universe has laws, and scientists and engineers are trying to figure out how to make those laws work for us.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics aren’t perfect, but they are some of the best tools we have to understand the Universe and build the future.
And we need more people in STEM, whether they are figuring out how proteins fold, developing new technology for automated factories, designing bridges, designing new molecules, new materials, and new medicines, writing new algorithms to track and analyze intradepartmental sales data, tagging and studying endangered owls, creating new states of matter, creating new virtual and augmented reality experiences, or programming robots to help the elderly climb stairs.
STEM jobs are good for the economy, good for our communities, and good for the future.
Join us for our third annual Girls & STEM event, a day of excitement, hands-on learning, and fun.
Explore robotics, architecture, hydraulics, automation, chemistry, virtual reality. And? A whole lot more.
Spark new interests and new conversations. Meet talented women with STEM careers and learn where a career in STEM can take you.
Inspire your girls to see themselves as the next generation of engineers, designers, scientists, architects, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders!