2017 Gingerbread Bridge Competition!

On Nov. 17, three Girls in STEM middle school teams competed against high school, college, and professional teams in the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado (SEAC) Young Member Group's annual Gingerbread Bridge Competition.

The bridges were judged in two categories: Architectural Design and Structural Load.

All of our teams did a fantastic job building strong, creative bridges. Many thanks to the wonderful parents, professional mentors, sponsors, and SEAC for making this possible.

Check out their amazing bridges and results below:

 

STEM Middle School

"Eskimo"

Team: Jaclyn Breaslain, Sophia Breaslain, Liz Phillips

Sponsor: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE)

Campus Middle School

"Campus MACC Girls"

1st Place Student Architectural Design

Team: Melina Proestos, Abby Schwartz, Carly Proestos, Chloe White

Sponsor: Martin/Martin

Goddard Middle School

"The Hallways of Goddard Middle School"

3rd Place People’s Choice

5th Place Structural Load (Total Load: 476.4lbs, Load/Weight Ratio: 73.3)

Team: Morgan Divita, Grace Ahles, Lily Ahles, Sophie Franzen, Emily Lewis

Sponsor: Ascent Group Inc.


Congratulations to all the teams! We look forward to participating again next year - will you join us?

2nd Annual Mocktail Social - THANK YOU!

Find Your Confidence & Super Power; Become Your Own Wonder Woman

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, dozens of professional women in STEM and high school students gathered for an evening of inspiration & networking over empanadas and Wonder Woman themed mocktails. In addition to mentoring and networking activities, attendees got to have fun in a Wonder Woman photo booth and have their formal headshots taken throughout the evening.

This year's keynote speaker was Katica Roy, CEO and co-founder of Denver-based Pipeline, a SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Katica is driven by a passion to eradicate economic inequality and champions the rights of refugees, women, and children. See her full bio here.

Thank you to everyone for coming out and being a part of our community.

Shout out to Kristi Steinhilber, our Event Planner, for all her hard work for a successful 2017 Mocktail Social! And a huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the event:

Karen Ramon
Kalyn Eshleman
Michelle Lim
Rocio Almanza-Guillen
Molly Hayes
Jessica O'Neale
Sara Persily
Rebecca Evrard
Emily Fitzgerald
Amy Cecil
Emily Singer


Special thanks to Jesus & Victor Hernandez of Aloft Xposure for volunteering their time and skills to take professional headshots during the event.

 

Finally, THANK YOU to our event sponsors - we couldn't have done it without you!

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Help your friend of a friend in Mexico

In the early afternoon of September 19th, a massive earthquake hit Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Morelos. In Mexico City alone, more than 200 people died, more than 3000 buildings suffered damage, and thousands had to evacuate their homes.

These stories might not feel personal, seem far from you, and maybe you don't know anyone in those places. Or perhaps you would like to know who exactly gets your donation.

Girls in STEM Social Media Coordinator Rocío Almanza-Guillen has created a YouCaring campaign to help a small network of immediate friends and friends of friends, at only 1 or 2 degrees of separation from you.

The funds collected will help 5 families, including Rocío's sister's, with expenses related to home repairs or to alleviate the expenses of their temporary housing situation.

As weeks go by and reality sets in, families start realizing how much they need to start rebuilding their lives. Your donation will help them to keep going.

Now, we are connected. Muchas gracias amigos!

#MakeWhatsNext: Change the Odds

Check out this video from Microsoft YouthSpark, and learn more at makewhatsnext.com


Only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees. When we encourage girls to pursue STEM, we double our potential for innovation. Change the world, stay in STEM.

1st Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who came out for a fun day – all of our players, sponsors and donors. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

 Equinox Counseling, LLC  

 Evelyn & Jim Rogers 

 Melissa Sampson 

 Schaeffer Energy, LLC 

 Encore Electric (Mark Fischbach) 

 Raymond & Jan Patschke Living Trust 

 Brunetti Family Charitable Foundation (Wayne & Molly) 

 Keltner Family Foundation 

 Dianne & Don Hunt 

 Kay & Sol Raso 

 Michelle Feavel 

Summer Coding Camp Highlights

Girls is STEM was thrilled to be able to provide this low-cost camp ($25 for two days) in partnership with uCodeGirl through a grant from the National Girls Collaborative Project.


This was a wonderful opportunity for middle school girls to build confidence and learn how to code in Scratch without any prior experience. Each student was able to create something personal and meaningful while applying universal computational thinking concepts in their projects. Along the way, we got to know each other and help each other out. And on the last day, every single girl got up and presented her work in front of her teachers and peers.


Variations on a Jukebox. Made from scratch, with Scratch!


Variations on a greeting card. Made from scratch, with Scratch!

Did you know? Scratch is a "Turing complete" programming language, which means it has the ability to execute any possible algorithm.


Before diving into the code, however - students got a thorough introduction to the history of computer science (including plenty of inspiring women) and what it's like to be in the software industry today. We then took some time to reflect on our goals and interests by visualizing them on a dream board:

We also practiced collaborative problem-solving and communication — crucial skills for successful software development — by working together to untangle messy human knots:

At the end of camp, each girl was awarded an official certificate of completion, and we celebrated our new friendships and accomplishments!

Special thanks to Betty Gronneberg, founder of uCodeGirl, who travelled from North Dakota to teach this camp.

Girls in STEM @ SheTech

 
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Congratulations to our members from the North Arvada Middle School chapter, who won a laptop from NFP PC's for People and a $500 scholarship as part of the winning TechChallenge team!

The winning team also got to attend the Women in Tech Conference with Lt. Gov Donna Lynne.

 


Girls in STEM was invited to participate in the Inaugural SheTech Explorer event hosted by Colorado Technology Association on June 8th. High School girls explored various technologies with hands-on activities and participated in design challenges. We truly believe it is important for girls to have these types of experiences to learn, be inspired and understand that a career in STEM is attainable! Thank you to CTA for providing this exciting and fun opportunity! See one of our girls share her thoughts with channel 7 News in the clip above.

 

"She Started It!" Screening & Panel Discussion

Girls in STEM was excited to partner with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) for a screening of She Started It >>

...a documentary following five young women entrepreneurs through their challenges and successes in the tech start-up world.

After the screening, Girls in STEM members were able to participate with professionals in a panel discussion and speed networking exercises.

Crack the Code @ the State Capitol

Girls in STEM was proud to be part of

CRACK THE CODE:
a Girls TECH Education & Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Why does TECH education matter to you?

Middle and high school girls got an inside look at our local government, the chance to tell legislators why access to tech is important to them, and a private tour of the Capitol.

Hosted by GalvanizeCareerWise Colorado and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.