Feb. 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly. Help us celebrate the day by posting a story on the Carnegie Science Center Facebook page with the hashtag #ChooseScience about the female role model who inspired you or the moment you realized science was important to you.
Carnegie Science Center believes in empowering women and girls and providing them with opportunities to explore the fascinating world of science. Despite making up half of the nation’s workforce, women have only 25 percent of the science- and technology-related jobs, and Carnegie STEM Girls, presented by NOVA Chemicals, has programs that are trying to change that.
Carnegie STEM Girls programs include Tour Your Future, presented by Valspar, which gives girls ages 11—17 the chance to learn about careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by arranging days when participants meet female professionals in their workplaces and participate in hands-on activities. Also, STEM Stars is a collaborative project with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh that offers an after-school program featuring fun, hands-on STEM-related activities targeting economically disadvantaged girls. The CarnegieSTEMGirls.org website offers a variety of STEM activities and resources for students, parents and teachers.