STEM Stars is a collaborative project of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's TechGYRLS program and Carnegie Science Center's GEMS (Girls Engage in Math and Science) program with major funding from the United Way. The purpose of STEM Stars is to improve academic achievement and increase interest in, and awareness of, STEM topics and careers among economically disadvantaged girls; and decrease opportunity gaps that negatively impact these girls' successful matriculation through the STEM education pipeline and into STEM careers.
STEM Stars addresses barriers associated with middle school girls' engagement in STEM: inadequate access, opportunity, academic preparation, and attitudinal barriers that limit success and persistence in STEM. STEM Stars provides reading; math and science remediation and enrichment; hands-on project-based STEM activities; life skills development; mentoring; pre-college experiences; and STEM career exploration. STEM Stars is operating in 20 sites in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Woodland Hills School District, McKeesport Area School District, and Propel Schools.
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Explore future STEM careers with Tour Your Future. This program gives girls ages 11-17 the opportunity to meet female professionals who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls can visit a variety of workplaces to explore diverse careers ranging from avian zoology and chemistry to cyber security and surgery. To schedule a tour or for more information, please contact Tina Seidelson.
Carnegie STEM Girls, Career Exploration is an innovative resource to inspire girls to see themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities. The initiative encourages tweens and teens to challenge and expand their knowledge of diverse STEM subject matter with connections to related professions, potential career paths and women making a difference. Carnegie STEM Girls uses innovative gaming elements and a sense of community to teach, enrich and encourage youth in pursuit of their future professional selves.