How the 'Girls in STEM  Night' Impacted Me

There are so few girls in STEM careers, and it’s really cool to be a part of something that encourages more to join. All the girls in my 11th grade Advanced Engineering Design class got together and wanted to plan and put on a night for younger girls that allowed them to explore different aspects of engineering. Preparing for the Girls in STEM Night was a lot of work. We had to plan different activities, set up a schedule, coordinate with several other organizations, but in the end it was definitely worth it. During the event we showed them the milling machines we work with, allowed them to work with the 3D printers and 3D pens the school has, and held paper bridge competitions. So many of the girls were really interested, and when I asked shared their own STEM career goals, they replied with jobs like as chemist or environmental engineer.  It was really cool to be able to share everything we work on with these younger girls, and to be able to encourage them to follow this path as well. This community project really showed me how easy it is to make an impact. This night might have changed just one girl’s mind, encouraging her to pursue a STEM career and it’s really amazing to have been a part of that. In the spring, we want to do another night to encourage even more girls to be interested in STEM, and I can’t wait to be a part of that as well.
 
-Maya Flores, November 30th, 2015

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