Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) and Suddenlink, the local provider of 1 Gigabit Internet, TV, home and mobile phone service, offered girls the opportunity to explore everything from biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, robotics, and nuclear science at the annual STEMfest at Texas A&M University on Saturday, February 26.
This one-day event, packed with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) activities, invited girls in grades 4 – 12 from around the Bryan-College Station community to participate in fun and innovative Superheroine themed workshops.
Suddenlink believes in the power of connections and puts an emphasis on providing opportunities and resources to help nourish the next generation of innovators through STEM activities. “Every year Suddenlink looks forward to supporting this event and providing STEM activities to the young women of Bryan-College Station through our partnership with Girl Scouts of Central Texas,” said Curt Allison, Suddenlink Local Market Engagement Specialist. “We know how important it is to champion the next generation of innovators, and we are proud to provide opportunities like this that inspire students to explore STEM education and opportunities.”
Women currently represent only 29 percent of the STEM workforce, although the National Girls Collaborative Project reported in 2021 that girls’ and young women’s achievement in math and science is on par with that of boys and young men. While trends show more young women are pursuing STEM degrees than in the past, there remains much work to do – particularly in increasing parity among women and men in the fields of engineering, computer science, and physics. Whereas most girls lose interest in STEM topics between elementary and high school, Girl Scouts’ interest in STEM grows, and events like STEMfest play a pivotal role in engaging girls for the long term.
Krysta Posalski, Program Specialist for GSCTX is particularly thrilled about the collaboration, “Thanks to Suddenlink, we’re able to introduce more girls to world-class STEM professionals,” she said. “Through engagement with prominent women STEM leaders and thought-provoking STEM activities, girls are one step closer to believing they can pursue a career in STEM.”
GSCTX is focused on augmenting the presence of women in STEM careers by encouraging girls to explore their STEM interests starting as young as five years old. Through STEMfest, girls gain confidence in their technology and engineering skills, and are encouraged to pursue their interests in these subjects, where females are traditionally underrepresented.
Special thanks to Texas A&M Society of Women Engineers, Texas A&M School of Science, and Texas A&M Office of the President who led the event workshops.