Watch this video on why girls need mentors in STEM
Watch this video on gender bias in STEM
Check out this video of a girls STEM fair at the White House
Did you know that in middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and women make up 47% of the total U.S. workforce, but are much less represented in particular science and engineering occupations?
- 39% of chemists and material scientists are women;
- 27.9% of environmental scientists and geoscientists are women;
- 15.6% of chemical engineers are women;
- 12.1% of civil engineers are women;
- 8.3% of electrical and electronics engineers are women;
- 17.2% of industrial engineers are women; and
- 7.2% of mechanical engineers are women.
2017 GLI/STEAM Academy
The Women’s Foundation of Florida is excited to host our annual Girls Leadership Institute and STEAM Academy on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The program will be held at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. The program is aimed at empowering girls to be leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The program will provide unique workshops for middle and high school girls including hands-on projects in the STEAM fields. Our goal is to inspire more girls (especially underserved girls from diverse communities) to recognize their leadership skills and lean into the power of STEAM. Yes we want to engage girls already passionate about STEAM, but we encourage you to also nominate girls struggling with these fields who need additional support and inspiration.
Separate age appropriate tracks will be held for a full day of STEAM and leadership training to help the girls:
- Uncover their leadership potential
- Gain hands on knowledge and experience in the STEAM fields
- Utilize leadership, communication, and team building skills
The nomination period closed midnight on May 3rd.
Nominees who were accepted to participate were notified via email May 5, 2017.
We have a waiting list of all the girls who were nominated and will update you via email if we have more room. We are sorry we could not invite all 400 girls nominated. We only have 200 spots on May 20.
Please note another program will be held September 16 in Belle Glade. The nomination process for the September program will be announced in August.
- You can nominate as many girls as you think will benefit from the program.
- The program is only open to girls in PBC middle and high schools.
- Girls do NOT need to be star students in STEAM to attend.
- We especially encourage you to nominate underserved girls who will benefit from this special program.
- The program has separate age appropriate tracks both middle and high school
- The program will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
- The STEAM Academy will begin at 8:45 m. and run until 4:00 p.m. at PBSC in Palm Beach Gardens.
- Nominations are only accepted online at WomensFoundationFL.org/programs/STEAM
The program is free through the generous support of the Children’s Services Council of PBC and Palm Beach State College along with our numerous community partners and includes interactive workshops, breakfast & lunch, and program materials.
Transportation to and from the Institute is the responsibility of each student.
Complete drop off and parking information will be provided in the welcome packet.
Nominees who are accepted to participate will be notified via email by May 5, 2017.
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:
Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation, Lisa Peterfreund
If you have questions please e-mail: Alex@WomensFoundationFL.org
GLI/STEM 2016 Overview
The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County held our 7th Annual Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Approximately 150 middle and high school girls were empowered to be leaders in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The 2016 program was held at Keiser University’s Flagship Campus in West Palm Beach. The program provided unique workshops for middle and high school girls including hands-on projects in the STEM fields. The program encouraged and developed their leadership skills and the girls learned to hone their skills and realize their potential.
The morning started with a STEM community fair where partners from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Florida Crystals and many others introduced the girls to creative ways to work and make the world a better place through STEM.
Then the girls were broken up into small groups for a morning of hands-on STEM projects including the following workshops below led by our amazing community partners. The girls enjoyed speed mentoring during lunch by women across various STEM fields. And they spent the afternoon creating business and marketing plans to imagine what it would be like to bring their STEM group projects to the community. This workshop was designed by our partner Bright Girls.
- Solar Backpacks with Florida Power & Light
- Tracking Manatees & Why it Matters with Florida Power & Light Manatee Lagoon
- Hydroponic Gardening with 4H
- CSI: Using Science to Crack the Case with Keiser University
- Aqueous Reactions: Exploring Water with Florida Atlantic University
- Engineering Rockin’ Coasters with Palm Beach State College
- Biotech & Forensics: STEM Helping Others with Palm Beach State CollegeUse Your Head as a Helping Hand with Palm Beach County School District
- Mousetrap Cars with Palm Beach County School District
- Landscape Architecture & Creative Communities with Future Landscape Architects of America
- EV3 Robotics with Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School TAZ BOTS Team
- Extract Your Own DNA with Scripps Florida
- Water Distribution Systems All Around You with MWH/Stantec
- Be an App Inventor with Pine Crest School
- Brains, Brains & More Brains with Help our Wounded Foundation
|STEM 2016 Speed Mentors||Marketing & Business Workshop Leaders|
2015 GLI STEM Academy Overview
The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County focused our 6th Annual Girls Leadership Institute on STEM because we want to be part of the solution. We want to empower more girls to be leaders in STEM.
When we sent out the invitation asking local companies and universities to help us with hands-on workshops in STEM and asked teachers, principals and community leaders to nominate middle and high school girls in Palm Beach County to participate in our Girls Leadership Institute: STEM Academy, we never expected to receive such an amazing response.
We had 10 STEM breakout sessions, countless STEM fair participants, female STEM mentors from multiple fields and truly amazing support from across the county.
We were thrilled to receive over 300 nominations. While the selection process was extremely challenging because we would have loved to include every girl, our committee accepted 130 young women and they were invited to attended this year’s GLI which was hosted at The Scripps Research Institute. It was an incredible day and we could not be happier with the feedback we have received so far.
The event kicked off with breakfast and a STEM fair. The girls had the opportunity to network and mingle with their fellow peers as well as many great women and men from Palm Beach County that work in STEM.
After the girls had an opportunity to get to know each other and meet some of the amazing mentors and speakers, the opening ceremony took place where we highlighted our past GLI programs and talked about the importance of women in STEM.
The girls were then split up into ten groups where they participated in fun and interactive STEM workshops:
1.) Mapping the Brain hosted by the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
The girls learning about the different regions of the brain and their functions. The girls also took part in some experiments that allowed them to experience and apply the knowledge they learned about the brain.
2.) Exploring the Wonderful World of Water hosted by Florida Atlantic University
The girls learned about the chemical and molecular properties of water in three experiments. First, they discovered how to identify a mysterious liquid by adding certain chemicals to small samples of the liquid and observing the reactions that took place. The second experiment demonstrated the special molecular properties of water. Two cups were connected with a string, one cup filled with water and then poured into the other cup which resulted in the water sticking to the string as it went to different cups. In the last experiment, the girls learned how water interacted with salt in its frozen state by making ice cream utilizing milk, half & half, rock salt, ice, two bags, and a lot of shaking.
3.) DNA Isolation & Drug Discovery hosted by the Scripps Research Institute
The girls learned about biochemistry. The girls got an introduction to DNA, its function in the body, and how DNA mutations may lead to human diseases. They engaged in a hands-on activity in which they isolated the DNA from their own cheek cells, and performed their own drug discovery experiment.
4.) Animal Exhibit Design hosted by Lion Country Safari
The girls learning about the natural habitats of large mammals such as lions and rhinos in order to build an exhibit. They designed a 3D model of an interactive animal exhibit that kept both the visitors and animals safe, without compromising the wellbeing of the animals.
5.) EV3 Lego Robotics hosted by the Taz Bots of Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School
The girls learning how to program EV3 Lego robots to perform various tasks. They discovered the steps necessary to program their EV3 Lego Robot to pick up an empty water bottle and navigate it through a maze.
6.) Solar Backpacks hosted by Florida Power & Light
Knowing solar power has unlimited potential, the girls explored this science by constructing backpacks with solar panels to allow them to charge their phones.
7.) Website Building in a Dash hosted by the Palm Beach Code School
8.) Growing with Hydroponics hosted by Palm Beach County 4-H
The girls made their own hydroponic pot under the tutelage of [name of the lady from 4-H]. Utilizing household and recycled materials such as plastic one liter soda bottles and strips of cloth, the girls constructed their own singular hydroponic pot to house a plant.
9.) Model Organisms hosted by the Scripps Research Institute
The girls learned about how in the biomedical research laboratory, scientists use ‘model organisms’ with the objective of identifying new ways to treat human diseases. They used microscopes to observe some of the organisms, performed simple fly behavior experiments, and saw worms ‘glow’!
10.) Use Your Head as a Helping Hand hosted by the School District of Palm Beach County
The girls build prosthetic arms out of household items under the guidance of [the names of the ladies from this workshop]. Utilizing materials such as paint mixing sticks, string, tape, straws, and cardboard, the girls constructed arms that were able to perform a certain task. Their creativity in engineering was showcased when the girls were instructed to modify their makeshift prosthetic arms in order to perform new tasks.
After the STEM workshops, the girls participated in a speed mentoring lunch. A group of local Palm Beach County women who work in STEM as a career participated. The girls were able to ask questions and enjoy time learning from these great women leaders.
Following the speed mentoring lunch, the girls returned to their groups and participated in another activity. During this session, the girls learned about the business & marketing side of STEM. The learned about the importance of having a strong marketing strategy to help spread the word about their STEM project and get it into the hands of the right consumers.
Each group developed a strategy to market their specific STEM product.
We could not have been more pleased with this year’s program. And we are so thankful to all of sponsors, mentors and community leaders for helping to make the day a huge success.
Fall 2013 Girls Leadership Institute
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2011 Girls Leadership Institute
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