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HOW WE CAN SUPPORT WOMEN IN STEM

Women’s roles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have been making headlines lately, and it isn’t all bad news. From the focus on women’s roles in the tech sector at the White House’s recent United States of Women Summit to more and more groups focused on driving greater participation of women in STEM, it’s exciting to see all the work being done to support women in these fields. Despite these moves in the right direction, we’re still a long way from closing the gender gap in STEM. At some leading tech companies, only 10 percent of women occupy tech jobs. Furthermore, a recent study found that only 11.2% of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering were awarded to minority women. The numbers are clear – there’s still work to be done.

Initiate a Love of STEM 

First things first. When it comes to STEM education, it’s important to start early. Pages upon pages have been devoted to the barriers to STEM education in the United States. Nine out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming, and only 37 percent of students enjoy their science class. These issues need to be addressed, but there are also resources for parents interested in inspiring their daughters to explore STEM. In fact, 68 percent of teen girls interested in STEM say their fathers played a key role in encouraging them. From building things with your daughter to encouraging her to play with toys that will spark her interest in science and engineering, parents are on the front lines when it comes to early STEM education.

Create Workplace Opportunities

Despite the fact that research shows tech companies excel with women leaders, a recent survey found that at the top U.S. tech companies only 18 percent of women hold leadership positions. Something has to change – it’s time for men to get serious about encouraging equality in tech. Men in STEM industries can start by helping women network, assisting women in their job searches by sharing contacts and, most importantly, speaking up on behalf of women in the workplace.

Convene as Leaders

Finally, we need to take a step back and think about broader systematic issues barring women’s entry into STEM education and professions. At the White House’s recent United States of Women Summit, Mary Wilson Arrasmith, a high school instructional strategist coordinating technical education, commented, “Create an army of folks around you–counselors, teachers–celebrate those different activities and events. It’s important your leadership be fully engaged in the message of equity.” Meetings like this, which bring together leaders in education, business and government, are a critical piece of the puzzle as we all work together to bridge the gender gap in STEM.

 

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At Teza Technologies, Misha Malyshev and employees have been working closely with organizations that are working to inspire girls and boys alike to develop an interest in STEM from an early age. Through support of organizations such as buildOn, Adler Planetarium and After-School All-Stars, and our involvement with key programs such as Girls do Hack, the Noble Stem Expo, Hour of Code and Junior Research Scientists, we’re hoping to inspire the next generation of engineers and coders.

Winter 2015 Recap : After-School All-Stars, Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev sponsor STEM events

Throughout November and December, After-School All-Stars, Teza Technologies and other partner organizations took part in several great events promoting education and STEM among K-12 students. Here’s a recap of some of the events:

Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev present Girls Do Hack 2015

Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev sponsored Girls Do Hack 2015 on November 14th at Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Ninety young women in grades 9-11 from across the city worked with professional women in science, technology, engineering and math to learn the skills needed to pursue STEM careers. Additional partners included YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Junior Research Scientists at Columbia College, CodeCreate, and Ashley Nicollette, STEM Specialist.

Students had the opportunity to apply STEM skills in hands-on workshops throughout the day. Workshops included:

  • Engineering Design Challenge with Adler Planetarium Youth Leadership Council : This challenges was an egg drop with a twist. Participants followed a series of criteria to build custom landers designed to protect their egg from a drop.
  • Powering Gadgets with Solar Energy with Junior Research Scientists : Students learned how solar panels convert solar energy and applied the same principles to build a solar-powered USB charger.
  • Robot Race with Adler Planetarium: Participants learned how NASA engineers program rovers and programmed their own robot before testing it out with a navigation of “Mars” terrain.

 

 

Teza Technologies joins After-School All-Stars for EXKi Cooking Class

In early December, volunteers from Teza Technologies, New York Life Insurance Company and Mondelēz International joined After-School All-Stars New York for a visit to EXKi Park Ave. South for a vegetarian cooking class and Eco Hero workshop. EXKi is a world-renowned restaurant that operates with health and environmental stewardship at the forefront of their business, and specializes in natural, seasonal food. After-School All-Stars students in grades 6-8 spent the afternoon with EXKi Consulting Chef Galen Zamarra, and Executive Chef Steven Mettle learning how to cook fresh, healthy vegetarian dishes. Following the cooking class, award-winning environmental economist Pamela Peeters led a discussion about food and environmental sustainability.

 

Teza Technologies ASAS Exki Cooking Class

 

After-School All-Stars and Hour of Code

After-School All-Stars Los Angeles met up with volunteers from Google for Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to the basics of computer science that has reached students of all ages in more than 180 countries in the world. As an After-School All-Stars board member, Misha Malyshev supports events like Hour of Code that teach STEM basics and get students interested in coding and computer science.

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