Anchorage Women of Science & Technology Day
According to a recent survey conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 74 percent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). That means, things are improving, because past research has shown that interest was low – well under 50 percent. But, many of the girls who like STEM won’t pursue their interest beyond middle school because of societal barriers, including a lack of female role models. Girls also often want to “make a difference and impact lives,” yet many STEM careers don’t do that.
Women of Science and Technology Day, a signature program of Girl Scouts of Alaska, is designed to remove this barrier and open girls’ eyes to the diverse career opportunities available to women in STEM fields. A gap exists between STEM interest and the careers girls are choosing, so that’s the next challenge Girl Scouts is tackling.
More than 100 Alaska women donated their time on Saturday to talk with girls and present hands-on workshops on topics ranging from “Drawing a Floor Plan” to “Marine Mammal Medicine.”
Keynote speaker Lanette Oliver, former astronaut and teacher, talked with girls at the program luncheon about careers in aviation and space.
Mrs. Alaska USA Ariel Talen-Keller, who has a degree in aviation, also was at the event to give a talk entitled “Girls Fly Too.”
The Girl Scouts of Alaska Women of Science and Technology program is sponsored by BP and generous support is provided by the University of Alaska for the use of their facilities. Girl Scouts of Alaska serves 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan and offers Women of Science events across the state. Girl Scouts is committed to developing girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Learn more at www.girlscoutsalaska.org.