My weekly Wednesday chat on Fox 50's morning news will focus on STEM programs for middle school students, specifically girls.
These programs aim to catch girls at a time when many start losing interest in science, technology, engineering and math. According to one report, women represent about 24 percent of the STEM workforce. Groups are targeting girls during the critical middle school years to boost those numbers.
This week, I wrote about TechGirlz, which started offering free programs for middle school girls a little over a year ago.
In addition to the free programs that TechGirlz plans this month, the local program also will offer workshops on graphic design and how to create a website with WordPress in February. In March, topics will be how to design mobile apps and an introduction to GitHub. You can stay in the loop through TechGirlz Triangle's social media sites - @tritechgirlz on Twitter and Triangle TechGirlz on Facebook.
Also available for middle school girls ...
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences has Girls in Science Connect, an eight-week program for girls who have shown ability and strong interest in the sciences, especially the natural sciences. There's also a Girls in Science summer program (as well as opportunities for boys and coed offerings).
The Engineering Place at N.C. State offers a video game design camp just for middle school girls in July.
It's not just for girls, but Marbles Kids Museum's STEM Play Corp offers programs for rising seventh and eighth graders.
Hi-Tech Teens at the WELL in Raleigh offers six-week-long sessions that focus on coding, website construction, mobile apps and more through a partnership with Women in Computer Science, an organization at N.C. State. These free programs are designed for eighth graders and up. Some of the programs are for just girls, others are coed. That program is being revamped, but will be launched again soon.
I'd love to learn more about other STEM programs for middle school girls. Please share in the comments. You can catch me on Fox 50 between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., Wednesday.