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Inspiring Minorities

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).

Ongoing Projects

STEM Summer Academy 

Group Picture of Girls at the Toyota PlantGirls Participating in Fashion Show at Camp

A 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

Highschool Students Attending a ConferenceJordan Bowen Mentoring Students

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.

The “STEM Ambassadress program” is sponsored by American Association of University Women (AAUW) and NASA WV Consortium.


Programming Project at GIRLS CampGIRLS Participant with Her Project
Girls 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.

The “GIRLS” program” is solely sponsored by National Center for Women & Technology (NCWIT).

Previous Projects

STEM Summer Academy 2015

STEM Summer Academy 2016

STEM Summer Academy 2017

STEM Summer Academy 2018