Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit
Breakout Session 2
11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Engaging All Pre-K Students in STEM: Are You Ready for Hands On Science?
This hands on session gives you tools to engage ALL pre-K students in science activities. You will get materials and resources to take back to your classroom and implement on Monday morning. We will explore how to give your centers a STEM upgrade, including imaginary play, literacy, art and manipulatives. Take aways include tips for culturally relevant and gender inclusive classrooms, using free NASA curriculum and having fun.
Kate Woodward Young, Consultant, TexasDirector
Carrie Casey, TexasDirector
#IBMCyberDay4Girls - Assets for CyberDay4Girls
(Focus: Middle School / Corporate Engagement)
You can host a CyberDay4Girls. The #IBMCyberDay4Girls aims to promote awareness of cybersecurity as a career option amongst middle-school girls through the delivery of a one-day camp-like program. #IBMCyberDay4Girls was created in direct response to industry analyst feedback that when it comes to the cybersecurity skills gap, we need to get to kids much earlier than college or university. We consciously chose to promote this awareness amongst middle school girls, because we not only have a cybersecurity skills gap, we have a problematic gender gap that needs our attention.
Ann Graham, Program Manager - IBM Developer JumpStart program, IBM
Breaking Stereotypes: The Importance of Role Models and Mentors
(Focus: High School / College / Corporate)
You can’t be what you can’t see. Explore the importance of role models and mentors throughout the educational and professional careers of women in STEM. Hear from diverse panelists about the impact role models and mentors have had on their careers and how they are impacting others through their own role modeling and mentoring experiences. Panelists include STEM college students and STEM professionals.
Julie Shannan, Deputy Director, Girlstart
Gina Higby, Senior Program Coordinator, Women in Engineering Program, UT Austin
Engaging and Supporting Underrepresented Female Students Through Student Organizations
(Focus: Diversity / College)
The Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program at the Cockrell School of Engineering partners with three engineering student organizations. Two of those student organizations, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), have a female subgroup. Learn how each group, Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWiSE) and SHPE Senoritas, work with EOE in supporting underrepresented females in STEM.
Reyna Flores, Recruitment Coordinator, Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program
Students from Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWiSE)
Students from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Señoritas