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Brainy Girls

"We are brainy girls! This online magazine is for anyone who has a brain, uses her brain, and wants to grow her brain. The main message here is that it's ok - and even awesome - to use your noggin', show off your smarts, demonstrate the workings of that lump of gray matter between your ears. You don't have to choose between being a girly girl, or a geek, or an average Jane - you can be whoever you want to be (and any of those things are great, as long as they are you!). You can be a geek AND a girly girl if you want. Just use your brain, and be proud of it!"

Brainy Girls is a great resource for anyone looking for up-to-date news, ideas, projects, and articles about getting young girls into STEM. The site has a plethora of resources including their own Youtube channel with both fun and educational videos about STEM topics. Each month's magazine has a different theme and their website reflects resources to learn more about the topics as the months change. We find the "Work It" page to be especially wonderful as it highlights different girls and women who are role models in STEM fields. It is a wonderful organization that requires little effort to be involved with.


Center for STEM Education for Girls

"The Harpeth Hall School will have a transformative impact on the educational opportunities for girls by establishing The Center for STEM Education for Girls to increase participation by girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math studies in high school and college and to encourage them to aspire to STEM careers."

This organization is a phenomenal resources for teachers, students, and families alike. They have the "nation's sole conference focused on females with input from university educators and corporate members that has grown out of the K12 schools" (Harpeth Hall, 2015). They focus on partnerships, connections, and transitions at their annual conference. All of these focuses are vital to the ideation that we need more girls in STEM fields. Their website offers researched information, professional development and summer opportunities for students. It is imperative for girls to have these opportunities, but we must also remember that it cannot be provided only during the summer.


Women @ NASA

"In the future, we hope that the website will support a collaborative and supportive community of women at NASA and serve as the hub of all activity related to women’s issues at the agency. In addition, we hope that these stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

An inspiring group of women who work at NASA share their stories! How encouraging for young girls just learning about the plethora of options for STEM careers in the NASA industry. This is not necessarily a great website for resourceful information in bringing young girls STEM opportunities, but it emphasizes the vast amount of role models that exist. Their front page is a scrolling monument to the Women of NASA's incredible achievements. Their website outlines a 5 week summer program opportunity available to boys and girls as well as links to more outreach. While this is a very specific focus in STEM, it has great ideas to show young girls different jobs in STEM of which they previously may not have been aware.


Engineer Girl

"The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women."

This website focuses on getting young girls interested in a career in engineering. It uses fun graphics and age appropriate content to engage young girls in what is means to be a engineer, how to become one, and gives examples of role models for them. This website and group is part of the National Academy of Engineering. My favorite part of the site was a Q&A board called "Ask an Engineer" that allows girls to communicate with other female engineers in hopes of learning more about the field. While this organization provides a great landing place for girls to find our more about engineering, they don't actually offer any classes or programs to allow girls experiences in engineering.


Girls Who Code

"Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities."

Girls Who Code aims to close the gender gap in technology for women. It hopes to inspire girls to pursue careers in computer science by exposing them to female role models in the field. Girls Who Code strives to have current engineers, executives, entrepreneurs and developers lead the way for the next generation of women. Their vision is to try to reach gender equity in computer fields. They plan to do this by equipping women with 21st century skills, in order to promote innovation and social change. The hope is that the more we continue to expose young girls to computer science, the more women we will eventually have working in engineering and technology fields.


Fab Fems

"The FabFems directory is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM."

The goal of FabFems is to connect women in STEM careers with girls in the community. Volunteers mentor girls with the goal of encouraging girls to consider careers in STEM fields. Volunteers visit classrooms, meet with clubs, arrange field trips, and provide other resources. Background checks are completed on volunteers prior to becoming mentors. There is a resource page listing other support services available for girls interested in STEM. The best part about this website is the directory of mentors. The directory lists field of work, resources they are able to provide, location, and the ethnicity of available mentors. This allows those looking for a mentor to easily narrow their search to a mentor who is able to meet their specific needs.


References
STEM Wire. 2013 June 4. Eight organizations promote women in STEM Retrieved from
http://stemwire.org/2013/06/04/eight-organizations-promote-women-in-stem/