Techbridge and STEM for Her share a deep commitment to building a more diverse STEM workforce and opening doors to STEM careers for underserved populations. With STEM for Her’s dedication to increasing diversity in STEM fields, and Techbridge’s award-winning after-school STEM programs for underrepresented minority girls, we believe we can make a difference for girls in the D.C. metro area, while working to achieve our shared vision of more equitable representation of girls and minorities in STEM careers.
Program Description and Results
As part of a budding alliance with Techbridge D.C., known for its after-school STEM programs for underrepresented minority girls, we sponsored three STEM for Her Career Exploration Tours. The tours included several local STEM institutions such as NASA, U.S. Department of Energy and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). By providing an opportunity to participate in these highly experiential trips, which included hands-on activities, meetings with role models, information about STEM careers and tours of the facilities, the girls were exposed to incredible STEM-connected places in their own backyard, which they may not have otherwise had an opportunity to visit.
STEM for Her funding supported three Techbridge field trips. The December 2016 tour took 30 sixth through eighth grade girls from Capital City Public Charter School to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a full day of tours and learning.