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For day four of our STEM week, let’s take a look at what STEM careers exist, how many women are currently working in a STEM career, how many jobs are available and what earning potential a woman has in a STEM career. To learn about all of these facts and figures, take a look at this awesome infographic that was found at Techschool.com!
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STEM Week Day 3: Teaching tween girls to put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives
As we discussed on Monday – this weekend we have a VERY exciting program coming up called Invent it. Build it. At the event girls will meet with real engineers and will have the opportunity to interact with women from different organizations that support the movement of providing STEM activities to girls. One of the women that will be in attendance is Rita Karl. Ms. Karl, who is National Productions’ Director of STEM Outreach and Education at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and has over 25 years of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education leadership.
At TPT, Ms. Karl has worked to expand SciGirls, which is a show for kids that aims to engages girls in STEM learning and careers. Its television show which airs on PBS Kids and its destination website, outreach initiatives and professional development have proven successful: SciGirls has reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.
SciGirls is geared towards kids ages 8-12 and features curious tween girls who put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives; unlike most children’s TV shows, SciGirls integrates the companion Web site into the show for an interactive experience.
Each episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere! The episodes begin with Izzie facing a challenge. Viewers follow her as she goes onto the Web site where she selects one of the archived projects that will help her conquer her challenge. She launches the project video and follows the SciGirls live-action story, learning as she watches. Viewers are invited to upload their own science projects, making the SciGirls Web site a destination for any girl who is interested in science.
The goal of SciGirls is nothing less than changing how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math! Every girl can be a SciGirl!
Watch below to see a preview of SciGirls Season 2 – Also don’t miss out on the Invent it. Build it. experience this Saturday!
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STEM Week Day 2: Girl Scouts visit the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center at AAMC
As we talked about in “Ladies in Leadership Conference: Troop 4149′s Bronze Award Project” a group of Girl Scouts from the Annapolis area had the exciting opportunity to participate in a conference where they heard from many of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s leading ladies. At the conference they also had the chance to visit the the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL).
During their visit, girls were able to see and touch the life-like models that are used by medical amateurs and experts to enhance their learning experience. The models react like humans when responding to virtual tests and treatments. They have simulated hearts, pulse, blood pressure, pupils that dilate, the ability to bleed and react to medications, and they can even respond verbally with the help of a sound technician.
As seen in the the photo below, the girls also were able to learn about and try tools used by surgeons to practice minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic skills development before performing new surgical approaches and procedures.
According to the AAMC website, the SAIL Center is a world-class medical simulation and training facility that promotes the provision of safe care for patients through advanced training that is ahead of the rest of the country and usually available only in major academic medical centers. About 80 percent of all U.S. health care is delivered in non-academic, private centers. The Earl SAIL Center is critical to achieving and maintaining national patient safety goals as new medical technologies continue to emerge at an ever increasing pace.
As part of its mission and infrastructure, The Earl SAIL Center is designed to foster the creation, co-development and evaluation of intellectual property in a more cost effective, efficient and incentivized fashion than academic medical centers. The Earl SAIL Center provides an environment dedicated to conducting world-class clinical research, training the next generations of healthcare providers, and facilitating efforts that will ensure excellence in the medical practices of the future.
Typically the Center hosts teleconferences, monthly national multi-center teleconferences, lectures, research, and large group sessions for resident surgical education, all of which help to develop staff skills and knowledge. The Earl SAIL Center also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families and organizations dedicated to healthcare improvement and patient safety.
At the conclusion of the tour, the staff of AAMC encouraged girls to get their parents and troop leaders to schedule another visit for them so that they could learn more about simulations and get a more hands on experience. Have a girl or troop that is interested in healthcare or technology? Contact AAMC at 443-481-1000 to set up a tour!
During our last GSCM blog STEM week we talked about one organization that was working to get girls in middle school interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with an exciting event. This event, Invent it. Build it. which is hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is right around the corner and is happening in Baltimore!
“The event started as a partnership between the ExxonMobil Foundation, SWE and The Girl Scouts of the USA. We all put our heads together and decided that this event would be an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the girls. Since year one, we have expanded the event to include a Parent and Educator Program (PEP) as well as an EXPO that is open to the public as well as the participants,” said Randy Freedman, Outreach Manager for SWE.
According to Freedman, the event started with the idea “that having middle school girls do hands on engineering activities with female role models would have a significant impact on attitudes about engineering.” This hypothesis has proved true and Invent it. Build it. is now an annual event that takes place at the Society of Women Engineers Conference.
“Hosting this event at the Society of Women Engineers annual conference allows us to introduce these girls to engineers from around the world. It’s a unique time and an amazing opportunity for these kids. Over the last three years we have found a 30% increase in the number of girls interested in engineering as a career post event,” said Freedman.
Girls will work with SWE members from around the world on hands-on engineering activities, meet real engineers and learn what they do, make new friends, and explore the Invent It. Build It. EXPO during exclusive hours. Girls will also get an Invent It. Build It. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies and will be eligible to win raffle prizes and have lunch provided with the SWE engineers. Everyone will leave with an understanding of what engineers do and how they make a world of difference.
The adults will have a chance to network, participate in a panel discussion with SWE members, and outreach experts, and do a hands-on activity of their own.
In addition to the main event for girls in grades 6-8, Invent It. Build It. offers two parallel programs: Parent/Educator Program (PEP and the Invent It. Build It. EXPO.
PEP: Parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources, network with SWE members as well as other parents and educators, participate in a panel discussion with select SWE members and outreach experts, complete a hands-on activity and learn best practices for doing engineering with girls and explore the Invent It. Build It. EXPO during exclusive hours. They will also get the opportunity to have lunch (provided) with the SWE engineers and will receive an Invent It. Build It. t-shirt
PLEASE NOTE: The parent/ educator program is separate from the main event for girls in grades 6-8. Parents/educators will only be permitted to work with the students during Exclusive EXPO hours, at other designated times or if a child has special needs.
EXPO: Learn about engineering clubs, camps, after-school programs, competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors. The Invent It. Build It. Expo has two tracks:
- Track 1: Exclusive EXPO Hours (9am – 10:30am) open only to those with a GIRLS IN GRADES 6-8 Ticket or a PEP Ticket. PLEASE NOTE: If you have one of these tickets you DO NOT need a GENERAL PUBLIC Ticket.
- Track 2: General Public EXPO Hours (11am – 3pm) open to girls, boys and adults of all ages. You must have a GENERAL PUBLIC Ticket to attend.
Registration for girls (grades 6-8), PEP and the general public attending the EXPO is required due to limited space.
Tickets for girls (grades 6-8) are $7 each (non-refundable). PEP participants and the general public may attend at no cost.
Lunch, an Invent It. Build It. t-shirt, prizes and other goodies are included for paid girls (grades 6-8), and PEP participants only.
On the evening of October 14th at the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), Troop 4149 brought area girls together with women in leadership positions from AAMC. The night included a panel discussion, a tour of AAMC’s SAIL Center, and small group discussions. Below you will find a rundown of the advice and pointers given during the panel discussion portion of the night.
Each speaker was introduced by a member of troop 4149 and spoke about a different aspect of leadership. Panelists for the evening were:
- Victoria Bayless, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anne Arundel Health System (AAHS)
- Sherry Perkins, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing officer at AAMC
- Barbara Baldwin, Chief Information Officer for AAHS
- Jan Wood, President of AAMC Foundation and Chief Development Officer
- Shirely Knelly, Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, Corporate Compliance Officer and President of Pathways
- Briana Walton, Director of Female PelvicMedicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Ms. Bayless was the first speaker for the night. She was asked to talk about how she got to her position of leadership within AAMC, and what advice she had for girls who were interested in attaining leadership roles in their future careers. Ms. Bayless told the group that she first started volunteering at the age of 13 and was always looking for new opportunities. Her advice was to listen carefully, ask questions, volunteer, and look for role models in order to become an effective leader. She also shared her favorite quotation from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back: “Do or do not. There is no try.” She explained that to her, this meant that it is not your words but your actions that define who you are and how you lead.
The next speaker of the night, Girl Scout Alumna, Sherry Perkins began in true Girl Scout fashion, with a song. She then went on to discuss the importance of role models, asking questions and decision making. “What ever career you end up in, you will be making decisions,” Perkins said. She also noted the importance of teamwork in making decisions.
Following Ms. Perkins, another Girl Scout Alumna took to the podium. Barbara Baldwin, Chief Information Officer for AAHS, spoke to the importance of curiosity, energy and focus as traits and characteristics needed in becoming a leader. She noted the importance of her time as a Girl Scout and assured the girls that what they are doing in their lives now is important to who they will become. She ended with a quotation to reinforce the value of education, volunteerism, and being focused, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” – Alice in Wonderland
Next up was Jan Wood. She elaborated on the importance of volunteerism and collaboration in developing leadership abilities. “To whom much is given, much is expected,” she said. Ms. Wood also stressed that “managing is not leading.” This means that being a leader is more about inspiring others and creating a feeling of inclusion, than it is about getting things done yourself. Leaders have a vision and they inspire others to make the vision a reality, “leaders make things happen.” She ended on an optimistic note, assuring the girls that she is “very excited to see the things [they] are able to bring to the world.”
After Ms. Wood spoke, Shirley Knelly, former teacher, spoke to the girls about tests. “Who here loves tests?” she asked a very puzzled crowd. “As a leader, you will learn to love tests.” Ms. Knelly stressed that when you are a leader, or are in charge of something, there will be tests that measure and challenge your abilities. She also spoke to the importance of having followers: “You can’t be a leader unless you have followers,” she said, and then went on to explain how to get followers. Her suggestions on how to do this included: ask questions, seek advice, share information, and take advantage of learning opportunities, all of which will lead you to build confidence and show others that you can lead them towards their goals.
Tha last panelist of the night was Briana Walton. She began by asking the crowd what grade they thought she was in. After a few numbers were shouted out she said “I’m in 27th grade, and I’m not done learning.” She then continued to speak on the idea that your education is never over and that in order to truly know yourself and your interests and capabilities you must continue to learn. Ms. Walton told us that one key aspect of being successful in life and as a leader is to know what inspires you. Once you know that it is easier to encourage and inspire others to reach a goal.
Following the discussion, the panelists answered questions from the girls in attendance about volunteerism, how to over come shyness and who to talk to about career options.
Way to go troop 4149! What an awesome way to earn your Bronze Award! Check back next week during “STEM Week on the GSCM Blog” to see what the girls found when they went into the SAIL Center at AAMC!
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