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Girl Power: Connecting Young Women to STEM

by Tara DeGeorges | 0 Comments

Over the past few years, we've seen one daunting news report after another about the lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. According to a recent article in the New York Times, "Girls Lead in Science Exam, But Not in the United States," and a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), many young women have the aptitude for STEM learning, but self-select out of STEM careers because they do not “see science as something that affects their life." Others fail to find female STEM role models with whom to identify.

We need more girl power in the pipeline.

An important part of our Connect a Million Minds initiative is introducing young women to STEM experiences early on and showing them the value that these subjects can have on their future. I invite you to learn about some of the programs and partners Time Warner Cable works with to expose girls to STEM opportunities and the rewarding and lucrative skills-based careers that lie ahead.

Expanding Your Horizons, New York: Since 2011, we've provided cash and in-kind support to Expanding Your Horizons at Cornell University, a program that motivates middle and high school females to explore STEM careers. We are currently producing and will air a dedicated public service announcement to drive awareness of Expanding Your Horizons and help the program attract new members. Also, our employees will attend the upcoming Expanding Your Horizons conference, which gives girls grades 7-9 exposure to math and science professions through hands-on workshops organized by science researchers including Cornell students, faculty and staff.

Girls Inc. Operation SMART Camp, Texas: In Dallas, we support Operation SMART (Science, Math and Related Technology), an intensive camp program that promotes inquiry-based STEM learning among young women. One year, we hosted an event at a Six Flags theme park where campers learned about the science behind roller coasters. The girls met with the Six Flags engineering team, who shared how gravity and design can influence the movement of popular park rides.

Girl Scouts Girl Expo, Texas: Last November, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts, we joined the Southwest Texas chapter of the organization in hosting a “Girl Expo” in San Antonio. As event sponsor, we had a robust presence for Connect a Million Minds in the STEM section of the conference. Plus, we recruited more than 30 Time Warner Cable employee volunteers to engage festival attendees in hands-on learning activities involving binary code.

Girl Scouts STEMfest, Wisconsin: In November, we teamed up with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast and Discovery Place to host a 2-day STEMfest at Discovery World in Milwaukee. Girls K-12 indulged their creative and innovative sides by visiting a variety of STEM-themed exhibits. Activities included an on site STEM sleepover, a performance about inventor Nikola Tesla and an experiment of making soda using carbonation techniques and chemistry principles.

Girls Inc. Girls Summit, New York: Last December, we teamed up with Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region to present the 5th Annual Girls Summit in Troy, NY. This day-long event brought together 7th grade girls from NY's Greater Amsterdam and Ballston Spa communities and professionals from STEM disciplines. To kick off the summit, girls heard from educators, TWC employees and area STEM professionals. After the keynotes, they participated in STEM workshops conducted by community partners. To view exclusive video from this event, visit our YNN news affiliate.

SciTech Girls Program, San Diego: Through this after school program, girls grades 4-6 meet twice a week to engage in hands-on science investigations like solar car design and the chemistry of cosmetics. As a program sponsor, TWC invited SciGirls on a field trip to our San Diego office, where they participated in hands-on learning activities and learned about cable. Twenty-eight of our employees volunteered at the event and explained how digital signals are created and transmitted, and the ways that people receive information and entertainment through TWC products and services.

Coastal Studies for Girls, Maine Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) is a unique marine science & leadership semester school for high school sophomores. Over the past three years, we've provided the program with cash grants, making it possible for students to visit Maine’s world-class laboratories to observe and participate in authentic research, experience the outdoors as a living experiment and live in a community dedicated to action through scientific investigation.

How can you help connect the girls in your life to cool STEM opportunities like these?

Visit our Connectory database to browse inspiring, hands-on learning programs from organizations like Girls Inc. and Girl Scouts.