What is STEM for Social Good?
The goal of STEM for Social Good is to inspire girls everywhere to use STEM skills to promote gender equality and change the world. When you participate in Girl Up’s STEM for Social Good programming, you’ll be joining together with a like-minded community of STEMinists who are passionate about creating innovative solutions to problems facing their community and our world.
Just like feminism, STEM exposure and opportunity is also an intersectional issue. Less than half of Gen Z girls (aged 14-19) believe they have equal access to STEM education as boys, according to a recent survey from Girl Up. According to UNESCO, women represented only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM-related fields of study globally. We also know that girls’ interest in STEM-related fields starts to drop off around early adolescence. It’s time to change that.
How can I get involved?
Not matter if you’re new to STEM or a skilled STEMinist, Girl Up’s STEM for Social Good is for you.
- STEM for Social Good Toolkit– Developed in partnership with Carnegie Science Center, this toolkit includes 10 hands-on activities to complete with your Club or your friends, along with profiles of inspirational women and careers in STEM. The activities range in difficulty level making it a great resource for girls with varied experiences in STEM. Learn more.
- STEM Events– Thanks to our partnerships with BNY Mellon and TE Connectivity, Girl Up is hosting STEM events across the U.S. and around the globe! Our 2018 STEM for Social Good Tour is a series of 13 boot camps and GIRLHERO Solution Labs in eight cities around the world. No matter your STEM interest or skill-set, join us for interactive activities as you flex your STEM skills – even the ones you didn’t know you had – and learn how you can bring your knowledge back to your community. AND, if you create a winning project at the GIRLHERO Solution Lab and you could earn up to $2,500 to implement your STEM solution for social good!
- STEM Solution Grants– Through Girl Up, Clubs can apply for up to $500 for a grant to implement a STEM project focused on a social good solution in their own community. In the STEM for Good toolkit, find a sample project proposal and budget to help with your planning. Learn more.
You can also check out information on the Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camps for girls 15-18. WiSci is a cross-cultural camp for girl to develop their STEAM and leadership skills, hosted in a new country each year. Learn more.