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Girls In STEM Summer Camps at STREM HQ

Strem HQ students enjoying learning robotics

Be the change.

Make a difference.

AT STREM HQ, we are committed to helping girls lead the way in STEM fields. That’s why, we’re so excited to offer Girls in STEM classes this year, Digital Fashion and Girls in Robotics. We need talented young people, from all backgrounds, to be grappling with and solving the world’s problems. As Einstein quipped, you can’t solve a problem with the same thinking you used to get into it in the first place. With all due respect to the genius, we aren’t going to solve our biggest problems with only one half of the population. We’re going to need all hands on deck, and that’s where girls can step up and step in to technology. It might even inspire many to start their own STEM-related businesses. Inspire girls to pursue any careers, whether that means programming new video games, robots, engineering, design or studying computer science.

Wearable Technology helps girls unlock their own curiosity and potential for becoming leaders in technology and business. One intriguing aspect of wearables is the way they unite fashion and function. With a typical smartwatch, fashion and function are separate. The watch may look nice, and it may be useful, but these two concerns don't have much to do with one another. With wearables, the functionality enhances the fashion, the rare wearable that becomes prettier when it's working. Wearables are fundamentally about sending signals to other people, that's an important distinction.

Girls in Robotics- We need to make robotics and other viable career pathways appealing to young women and girls. One way is by exposing girls to more opportunities for building, making and doing in the classroom. This kind of stuff is not just for boys! Girls enjoy soldering just as much as boys do. We can also show girls who are not really into the "techie" side of things that a career in a technology-related field can translate into project- management, branding and marketing.

What better way to engage girls in both sides of the tech world and provide pathways to successful careers than through robotics?

Today, women make up almost half of the total workforce in the U.S. Yet just five years ago, women accounted for only 24 percent of people employed in STEM fields, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The ESA points to discrimination and gender stereotyping, a lack of flexible policies for working parents, and the lack of representation and role models for young girls as reasons why women are not as attracted to STEM-related careers.Companies from small local businesses to global corporations are also committing to workplace diversity.

“Technology and engineering are part of our DNA and we believe a diverse engineering workforce is critical to driving continued innovation and growth in our industry,” said Danielle Brown, who heads up diversity and inclusion at Intel. The company’s $300 million commitment to building a diverse workplace, whose progress is outlined in the 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Report, is paving the way for women and underrepresented minorities.

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