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 Tour– Thanks to our generous partnerships, Girl Up is coming to your region, classroom, or Girl Up Club this year! Our 2019 STEM for Social Good Tour wants to bring our STEM activities and human-centered design training to your school. Request Girl Up to come to your classroom or Girl Up Club for interactive STEM programming. No matter your STEM interest or skill-set, our training helps utilize your knowledge to help create STEM social good solutions for your community! You can also join us for one or two-day in-person STEM trainings in select cities around the world, head to the STEM Tour tab to learn more and register.
- 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.