2018 STEMExplore Field Trip to UTC Pratt & Whitney
In 2018, STEMExplore connected 7,000+ girls in after-school programs to professional women in environmental STEM careers through a series of live, interactive events. Participating girls from our afterschool partner site, YWCA Hartford Region, were able to meet STEM Mentor and UTC engineer Ciara Poolman as well as tour the facilities at Pratt & Whitney in Farmington, CT. We are seeking community-based, afterschool program providers with a core constituency of underrepresented youth, primarily females, ages 13-18. Ideally, STEMExplore Afterschool Partner Sites are located in the following geographic areas of interest: Hartford, Connecticut; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; West Palm, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; New York, New York; southern California; and Ponce, Puerto Rico. If your organization is interested, please contact us! “For young women interested in becoming engineers and scientists, the reality is they won’t see as many women – especially women of color – in those roles as men,” said engineer Ciara Poolman. “It’s important for girls to see professionals who look like them to know that they, too, could one day have a career in STEM.” UTC is founding sponsor of STEMExplore – a collaboration with EarthEcho International – that is designed to make STEM careers exciting and accessible through a variety of virtual experiences. Credit: United Technologies https://www.utc.com/en/news/Other/2018/12/13/teen-girls-explore-jet-engines-and-stem-careers-at-utc
How Women in STEM have Inspired Me
In 2018, STEMExplore asked young women to share stories about how professional women and mentors inspire them to explore STEM careers. Thank you to Maryam Kabal for telling her story and for allowing EarthEcho International to be part of her journey! "I was inspired by the many women I met through my STEM journey whether it be through the virtual field trips or in person on the tour of Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies. I believe in empowering women to step outside their comfort zone in order to break down the stereotypes that Engineering and Math are only for men. I want to encourage girls to pursue things that they love, regardless of what society says you should do or wants you to do."
Inspired by Women in STEM
In 2018, STEMExplore asked young women to share stories about how professional women and mentors inspire them to explore STEM careers. Thank you to Abigail Yoon for telling her story and for allowing EarthEcho International to be part of her journey! "This film describes my personal experience of discovery, reflection, and service to community. I was inspired by my interaction with Dr. Jamie DeWitt and my coordinating of the STEMExplore program for Love A Sea Turtle."