What kinds of careers do you get to explore?
Students will explore a variety of STEM careers including; aerospace engineering, architecture, biomedical, bioengineering, forensic science, mechanical engineering, meteorology, software engineering, technology fields, and so much more!
Are boys allowed to join?
Our intent is not to exclude boys. However, Girls in STEM is geared towards empowering middle school and high school girls to feel confident in seeking out a STEM career post secondary education. In the past, we have invited boys to join our diversity discussions which is insightful and powerful for both genders.
What kinds of field trips do you go on?
We explore STEM focused businesses in the metro Denver area including; Allosource, Burns & McDonnell, Google, JEDunn, ZenPlanner, Keysight Technologies, Burns & McDonnell, etc. For more information about our field trips, explore the What We Do (make this bold text a link) tab on our website.
What is a roundtable discussion?
This is a fun and casual way for girls to interact with professional women working in STEM fields. Roundtable discussions are facilitated during after school meetings where professionals share their career story including their challenges and successes. Girls are encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion throughout!
What if I don't go to a school with a Girls in STEM program or am home-schooled?
At the middle school level, Girls in STEM is accessible for girls through our 3 metro Denver chapters; North Arvada MS, Campus MS and STEM MS. If you do not attend one of these middle schools, you can request to be added to our invite email list for non-chapter specific events such as evening documentary screenings of camps. If you would like to start a chapter at your middle school, find a teacher sponsor (typically a math, science or technology teacher) and have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to expand our program to include your school!
At the high school level we have a chapter open to ALL metro Denver area high school students. Currently, this chapter meets on the south end of town. High school students who are not able to attend these after school meetings are invited to join our centrally located evening events such as our networking social and documentary screenings. If you would like to help expand meetings to the central and north metro Denver area, find a teacher sponsor (typically a math, science, engineering or computer science teacher) and have them contact us at email@example.com - we are looking to expand our high school program to include a greater portion of the metro Denver area!
How does GSTEM help the community?
Girls in STEM is a bridge between students and STEM focused businesses in the community. When businesses partner with Girls in STEM, they are able to introduce themselves to the students we work with and excite them about their particular industry. This connection is beneficial for metro Denver area businesses by providing them with a platform for future workforce development.
What is a Student Officer?
A Student Officer provides leadership and is an ambassador among their peers for Girls in STEM. Student Officers help with advertising events, communicate with the other chapter members and are directly involved with planning events and activities.
How much time will I need to commit to GSTEM on a monthly basis?
We typically offer one half-day field trip per month and one after school meeting per month totalling on average of 6 hrs per month. Additional Approximately 2-3 additional evening and/or weekend events are scheduled throughout the school year as well. As an upperclassman, girls have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program spring semester with a suggested commitment of 10 hours for the semester.
How will Girls in STEM help me build my career path?
Each student’s interests and journey is unique! Our program provides various pathways for career exploration into STEM fields. Girls participating in our program are encouraged to build a network with the professional women they meet by attending field trips, roundtable discussions, etc. This creates opportunities for a deeper dive into a specific career of interest, connections for mentorship and job shadowing opportunities.
Am I allowed to invite friends to events who attend other schools or are not members?
We encourage members to bring a non-member friend to experience a Girls in STEM event! If a non-member friend plans on attending additional meetings and events, please introduce them to your teacher sponsor/counselor to learn about membership.