What You Missed: This Week in STEM


How would you like to be part of a $1.1 million program? This week, the National Science Foundation announced that they are funding a three year study for girls in grades 9 - 12 in Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska. Through summer academies where girls will study ecology and animal habitats, the BRIGHT Girls program (Budding Research Investigators in Geosciences, Habitat and Technology) hopes to show girls the neat opportunities available in STEM careers.

Success looks like them! 14 girls from Buffalo got the chance to go behind the scenes in Detroit this week and tour the OnStar and General Motors Headquarters. As part of the Success Looks Like Me program, the girls also met with astronauts and female auto executives to learn about STEM careers from women of color who work in STEM fields. We have no doubt that these 14 girls will return home to Buffalo inspired and motivated to pursue their STEM career goals.

It's no secret that women, especially minority women, are underrepresented in tech. By launching TechPrep, Facebook is trying to fix that. The giant social media website knows that the giant gender gap needs to be fixed. TechPrep's games, tutorials and videos are designed to not only educate students about careers in tech, but also educate parents. By educating parents about the awesome tech opportunities, Facebook hopes students will have more support to pursue those careers and we hope so, too!