The 5th annual Girls’ Tech Day at COSI aimed to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEAM fields, in response to the disproportionate statistic that women hold only 28 percent of computing and math jobs. The event showcased the possibilities and opportunities available to girls in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
H2 Empowering Girls to Pursue STEAM Careers at Girls’ Tech Day
The 5th annual Girls’ Tech Day at COSI in Columbus, Ohio, was a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). The event aimed to inspire young girls to pursue careers in these fields and challenge the disproportionate statistic that women hold only 28 percent of computing and math jobs, according to a study by Zippia.
Hosted by Missy Bolden, Girls’ Tech Day provided a platform for professional women in STEAM to share their experiences and insights. From listening to their stories to engaging in practical exercises, the girls attending the event were filled with excitement and curiosity.
One student, Brielle Gabung, expressed her enthusiasm for the event, stating that she had completed all four “stems” (science, technology, engineering, and math) and was eager to continue her work. For Gabung, the combination of art and engineering in one project was particularly exciting.
The event attracted a significant number of students, with Hilliard City Schools Chief Technology Officer Rich Boettner bringing nearly 300 students to the event. Boettner emphasized the importance of exposing young women to STEM activities, allowing them to explore the possibilities and get excited about their future prospects.
According to Bolden, the aim of Girls’ Tech Day is to catch girls in their young phase and ignite a spark within them to pursue their passions and dreams. She emphasized the power of a single seed being planted and how attending events like Girls’ Tech Day or going to summer camps can create those transformative moments.
By providing hands-on experiences and showcasing successful women in STEAM fields, Girls’ Tech Day at COSI aimed to empower young girls and let them know that they can be represented and excel in these fields. The event not only encouraged them to be inspired and motivated but also reminded them that they can pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
As we reflect on the success of Girls’ Tech Day, it is evident that events like these play a crucial role in shaping the future of STEAM industries. By engaging young girls at a young age and fostering their love for learning, we can ignite a passion that will drive them to pursue their dreams and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the future.