I am a STEM person, and I’m positive that you are too!
At my place of employment, we have an event each year to host girls from a couple of local schools for an “Introduce –a –Girl to Engineering Day”. This past year, one of the focuses of the event was to introduce the idea that we are all STEM people (again, STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math). I wanted to share this idea with you all, as I think it is a very important one we don’t often consider!
You may wonder: how could I be a STEM person if I have no interest in becoming an Engineer, Mathematician, or Scientist? (just to name a few..) My answer to you – because STEM is all around us and involved in everything you do on a daily basis!! Yep, that’s right. I will even challenge you to think about any hobby or interest that you may have, and realize the ways in which engineering and science is involved in that interest! If you like to cook, play music, play sports, you are a STEM person! Not only are you a STEM person for creating chemical reactions and concoctions while cooking, or creating melodious sound waves and (mathematical) signals while playing music, or proving physics principles and projectile motion while playing sports, but you can also learn to appreciate the many types of STEM professionals who had to design, build and test the equipment and tools used for those activities. Isn’t that just fascinating?? I sure think it is…
I’ve compiled a list of what I think are a few great resources that you can look to if you are curious about STEM fields and engineering. If you or someone you know wants to learn more but doesn't know where to look, or wants to prepare for a future career in STEM, check some of these out. On that note, if you know of any other great websites or resources to refer to, I'd love to hear about them! (I'm sure there are many others, I've just listed a few here)
- Society of Women Engineers : www.swe.org
- Try Engineering : tryengineering.org
- Engineer Your Life : engineeryourlife.org
- She Heros : sheheros.org
- Tech-Girls : tech-girls.org
- Steminist : steminist.org
- Girls Inc : girlsinc.org
- Girls Who Code : girlswhocode.com
- Engineer Girl : engineergirl.com
- Discover E : discovere.org
So, friends, I will leave you today with this thought: don’t forget to think about the STEM that’s all around you and challenge yourself to wonder, how am I a STEM person? You may just be surprised and intrigued by a new, interesting type of engineering that you never knew existed! Who knows?! Any questions or comments… feel free to leave me a message or comment!