We are organizing different initiatives to support females in male dominated STEM fields ranging from middle school programming workshop (GIRLS), STEM camp (Academy) to statewide organization to provide mentoring to female from k12, university to industry (EMPOWERS). Our latest project is called COVERAGE (Clubs of Vex Educational Robotics to Advance Girls Education) is a pilot project for Kanawha, Lincoln and Fayette counties sponsored by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
Featured Project: COVERAGE
Competition of VEX Educational Robotics to Advance Girls Education
(COVERAGE) is a project to inspire and support female middle and high
school students to pursue STEM careers in West Virginia. During the academic
year 2019-2021, WVU Tech is helping teachers organize Girls Robotics Clubs
in Kanawha, Fayette and Lincoln Counties to prepare female middle and high
school students for a regional robotics competition. Through attendance and
participation in the robotics clubs and competitions, these students are
predicted to become more knowledgeable and interested in STEM disciplines. Read more.
The “COVERAGE” program is sponsored by the Greater
Kanawha Valley Foundation.
STEM Summer Academy for Girls
key purpose of the STEM Summer Academy is to inspire interest from female high
school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to
encourage them to choose STEM as their college major since females continue to
be unrepresented in many STEM fields. Although many camp activities are
designed to inspire interest from females, males are equally encouraged to
apply and are eligible to participate in the STEM Summer Academy.
The sole sponsor of “STEM Summer Academy” is Toyota Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV).
STEM Ambassadress Program
In “STEM Ambassadress program,” first generation female
university students serve as the ambassadresses of high school female students.
Our primary approach is creating effective mentorship relationship between
female university students and female high school students. All the
ambassadresses are selected from STEM majors. Priority is given to
first-generation undergraduate students with West Virginia background, such
that it would be more natural for them to become the role models of high school
students. They will not only help high school female students with their math
and science coursework, but also inspire their interest in STEM disciplines.
Under the supervision of high school female teachers, the ambassadresses meet
female high school students through certain after-school activities.
“STEM Ambassadress program” is sponsored by American Association of University
Women (AAUW) and NASA WV Consortium.
Interested in Rapidly Learning Software (GIRLS) is a face-to-face and online
hybrid workshop for middle school girls to learn the basics of programming.
They will learn about the building blocks of an algorithm and programming. We
hope that the hands-on experience programming may make some girls realize that
computing is something they are interested in making a career out of. The girls
are instructed by female university students who aim to inspire the girls and
give them confidence in their ability to join computer-related fields. At the
end of the program during a family event, the girls show their parents what
they have learned in hope of inspiring them as well.
“GIRLS” program” is solely sponsored by National Center for Women &