Klein ISD Celebrates 3rd Annual Girls in STEM Event

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Klein ISD celebrated its 3rd annual Girls in STEM event with more than 500 girls and family members.

The day included panel discussions, hands-on exploration time, and spotlight sessions with women working in engineering, science, and technology fields to inspire and encourage girls interested in pursuing STEM pathways.

Girls and their families were welcomed by Dr. Champion who reminded everyone about the importance of STEM-related areas of study and to not use “I’m bad at math” as a reason for not seeking out opportunities in these career fields. He encouraged girls to embrace challenges and emphasized that “being successful in math and sciences is a matter of will, not a matter of skill.”

According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. The percentage is even lower for minority women who comprise fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers. The annual Girls in STEM event works to close this gap and ensure that girls become knowledgeable and inspired about the STEM pathways that are available to them.

“I’ve learned that there are not a lot of jobs that girls usually apply for, but we’re trying to change that.” — Hannah Dean, Kuehnle Elementary, Student

 

Additionally, our pathway explorers enjoyed hearing from two keynote speakers currently working in STEM careers.

Katie Landry-Guyton, a hydrologist from the National Weather Service, discussed career options in meteorology and encouraged girls to “never let anyone tell you that you can’t.” Dr. Andrea Gobin, the Provost and SVP for Academic & Faculty Affairs from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, discussed how curiosity led to her career and stressed to the audience that “once you find your passion, it will bring you to the ends of the world.”

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Girls in STEM committee members are thankful for generous sponsorships and support provided by SCM Design Group, HEB, STEMscopes, Gizmos, Service First Automotive, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Studebaker Orthodontics, the Children’s Museum of Houston, Pizza Zone, and Snowflake Donut-Louetta. They are also grateful to the countless volunteers for their hard work and all of the supportive families participating in the event.

To learn more about Klein’s commitment to every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose, visit kleinisd.net/rleveryday.