Truth be told, this site started because my daughter desperately wanted to be a “You-Tuber” and I felt the only way I’d let her post videos is if I was involved and we were doing something educational. Then I realized, this could be a great platform to reach a large audience of young girls interested in science and technology!
My mission with STEM Fun For Girls is to increase girls’ interest and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities and organizations, in hopes that they will pursue a career in technology.
JESSICA: Wife & Mom
My husband Danny and I met in 2003 back at Texas A&M and got married in 2007. We live in Katy, TX – a suburb of Houston – and are proud parents of two wonderful kiddos. Madison is 7 years old and Daniel is 4 years old.
We are also dog-parents to an 8-year old mixed-breed named Dashall, which we affectionately call “The Beast!” He has some pit bull in him but is really the sweetest, most well-tempered dog, further proving that Pit’s can be really amazing dogs if raised well!
JESSICA: Technical Recruiting Pro
I graduated from Texas A&M in December 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. I fell in to technical recruiting working part-time during college for Universal Computer Systems (now called Reynolds & Reynolds).
In January 2006, right after graduation, I began working with my current company, Paradigm Group, Inc., a Houston-based Technical Recruiting agency. I started as the first employee / recruiter and have grown in to a Recruiting Manager role. I am also a member of SIM Women, a group within the national Society for Information Management to promote communication, mentoring opportunities, leadership and career development among females in the technology field.
Why STEM Fun For Girls – Huge Demand For Diversity in STEM Related Jobs
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024, but more than two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing related degrees.
I’ve seen first-hand as a technical recruiter that there is definitely more demand than there is supply for top technical talent, and lack of diversity is a huge problem on top of that!
- IT Jobs held by women: 25 percent
- Women execs at Fortune 500 Companies: 11 percent
- Tech start-ups owned by women: 5 percent
Even though careers in STEM fields offer some of the highest-paying salaries available, we are failing to attract and retain women in technology. I can’t help but feel that if I had been exposed to more opportunities to learn, and get excited by, technology from a very young age that I might have felt more confident in pursuing my original career goals within technology. Every successful female executive in Technology that I know has said they had a mentor in their youth that encouraged them in their path to success!
Since my daughter is still elementary-aged, many of the activities, organizations and products you see on STEM Fun For Girls are geared towards younger girls. However, I also hope to grow this to a broader audience to encourage teenage girls to get involved in organizations and activities more suited for their age group.
For young ladies or educators in grades 9-12, or those interested in mentoring girls of this age, I highly encourage you to check out the National Center For Women & Information Technology for some amazing programs and resources!
For anyone that has questions, or would like to get involved, please comment below!
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