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WiSTEM and Sprouting Stems
Early Involvement in WiSTEM
“A profession in which half the population can’t participate equally and also have children is by definition discriminatory” –Nancy Hopkins
Changes necessary in society
Importance of positive influences
Facilitator – Edward Lawrence
Worked various jobs in the IT field as a Management consultant, programmer, and VP in IT Development and Support
Process – WisTEM
Research and Planning!
-About 70% of the project
Process – sprouting stems
Seven Layer Density Column
Pre-Planning with the club itself
Training meetings for Sprouting STEMs events
Sprouting STEMs events!
What does a sprouting stems activity look like?
Table of Friends
Process – Problems and changes
Two clubs at once
Planning and coordination
Help others find STEM careers they like
What I learned
Relationship to career
Women in developing countries - gender roles
My experiences with cultural differences
How to get women more involved in STEM
Thank you Any Questions?
Although women make up 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, they comprise only 24 percent of the STEM workforce.
When sam kaczaral first started the club my sophomore year, I found the guest speakers helpful in narrowing down what I wanted to do. Though there are ways to research careers, its best to hear it from someone with the firsthand experience. I plan on pursuing careers that fall into the STEM fields, so I thought it important to encourage others to figure out what career fits them best as well.
Women most often give up their careers in order to raise a family. This would not be necessary if: Women were not seen as the ones responsible for taking care of the children and the household (solely), and if society would conform to the modern woman: more flexible hours, men taking on their share of responsibility, etc.
Studies have shown that women that had positive influences and role models were more likely to follow through on a STEM pathway. Key influences are other women and supportive parents (mainly the father) – this is the role of the Women in STEM club
While it seems like it has mainly leveled out, think of what STEM careers come to mind? Mostly medical doctors and social scientists, not physicists, engineers, or computer scientists The scales are still very much unbalanced in these fields
This is Mr. Lawrence. He has a degree in electrical engineering with a minor in Physics. He started off as a software engineer and then later moved to IT management. My project was mostly just me setting up activities and going through Dr. Barthlow as she was the club sponsor, so he just served as an advisor as needed. His education and work experience connected to my project as it falls under the STEM field.
Research and planning
-Finding Guest Speakers
-Planning Activities for both WiSTEM and Sprouting STEMs
Difficulty in finding guest speakers for WiSTEM
Consistent meeting dates
Lack of volunteers for Sprouting STEMs
Structure of Activities for Sprouting STEMs
Changing activity after first event
I learned how difficult it was to coordinate with so many people: teachers, students, guest speakers, schools, children. I learned that I definitely prefer working alone, but I have the capacity to get the job done. Difference between a leadership role and actually leading
I learned planning skills and how to coordinate with others
I plan on pursuing biomedical engineering as my undergraduate, and continuing on to medical school, so the club definitely helped solidify my plans as I listened and talked to all the guest speakers, but it is not something I can pursue as a career in itself.
In developing countries, there can be a lack of educational opportunities, and as it has always been, if men struggle, women will get their time much later
Lack of child care, cultural obstacles
Next step would be for women globally to create networks like WiSTEM where they can educate themselves and create positive influencesn society
In developing countries, there can be a lack of educa