What You Missed: This Week in STEM


Women helping women! After noticing that there is a major lack of women in senior science roles, Australian microbiologists at La Trobe University, Lara Bereza-Malcom and Jen Wiltshire, have created the Supporting Women in Science (SWIS) Society. It's their mission to foster an environment of support and celebration for women in science through various events and seminars. Though they don't officially launch until November 18, you can check out their website now!

ThinkSTEAM! After high school freshman, Jothi Ramaswamy, heard that there were no girls in her brother's 33-person C++ class and learned that though interested, girls weren't pursuing science majors in college, she created her own non-profit: ThinkSTEAM. Based in New York, her company hosts workshops for girls on STEAM-based ideas to encourage girls to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The next workshop will be held on December 13 at the Mahopac Public Library and will be about 3D printing.

Though everyone knows the dangers of drunk driving, unfortunately there are still people who don't listen. Five girls from Massachusetts are hoping their new app will change that. The students, who go by the group name of AMEKA, have created a three-test app called SafeGuard Driving. The app checks the attention, balance and reaction of a person and if they fail the tests, their emergency contact is notified and they have the option of calling a cab from the app. AMEKA hopes that once they release their app it will help to keep everyone safe.