Perhaps the final piece in the STEM puzzle — in addition to exciting curriculum, great teachers and hands-on experiences — is ensuring that girls and minorities interested in STEM have a role model that “looks like them” who can give them advice. As an African-American female, it was vital that I had someone to turn to who would understand the opportunities and challenges ahead. From the time I decided to enter engineering, I have had mentors push me, guide me and ultimately, inspire me.
[ via The Baltimore Sun ]
Working with coach Herbert Grant, a mechanical engineer with ORNL, other adult volunteers and Urban League staff, the student participants developed a case statement for W. I. S. E (Women in STEM Excelling) Entrepreneurial Academy. The case statement centers on a plan to introduce minority women to the entrepreneurial path within STEM disciplines and to provide leadership training, self-awareness activities, network building and career mentoring.
[ Via Knoxville Daily Sun ]