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.
“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.
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