Girls, if you want to improve the world, try STEM

By Dr. Rosemary Davidson, STEM Coordinator
Microsoft, in a 2017 study, found that the majority of the 12,000 young women polled considered themselves creative and valued having jobs that directly help the world, but only 37% thought a career in STEM would help to make the world better.
 
Most students at SJA are interested in finding a career that interests them and one in which they will be happy. A recent article, Girls if You Want to Change the World (and earn a lot while you do it), Try STEM, in Forbes magazine recommends STEM careers as being both creative and a way to help others and change the world. The article is a must read for today’s young women, their parents, and their teachers.
 
Talia Milgrom-Elcott, the author, encourages young women to consider STEM careers as a means to helping others.With so many of our biggest challenges rooted in science, tech, engineering, and math, STEM careers are some of the most powerful ways to make positive change in the world.”
 
Embedded in the article is a link to the video, Expand the Field, posted by National Geographic, which presents female role models who are currently changing the world.
 
“The biggest problems we need to solve – from climate change to renewable energy, staving off drought to curing cancers – will require a combination of hard and soft skills, and they are among the most meaningful, relevant, and creative challenges anyone can dedicate their lives to working on.  We need talented young people, both girls and boys, and from all backgrounds, to be grappling with and solving these problems. As Einstein quipped, you can’t solve a problem with the same thinking you used to get into it in the first place. With all due respect to the genius, we aren’t going to solve our biggest problems with only the same people who have gotten us into them, either. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”-Milgrom-Elcott.
 
St. Joe strives to provide opportunities for our students to experience different careers and to use their creativity while solving problems. Communicating with the greater St. Louis community, including the STEM community is another way in which we enable the students to see themselves in a STEM career.

Our students will be participating in several events in the upcoming weeks to find out more about careers in STEM and how they can help the world through STEM as well as sharing what they have learned with others.

STEM Event/Opportunity

October 13   
Three student booths at the Angel Fest at St. Joe will feature STEM activities. Members of Beta Chi Pi (science honor society), Earth Angels and JoeBotics will run the activities at the booths.

October 14
A group of St. Joe Engineering and JoeBotics students will attend the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Jay Meersman, Vice President of Boeing Global Services and SJA Board Member.

October 16   
Members of Beta Chi Pi and SWENext will attend a presentation by alumna Lauren Kimes and Mr. Britt Taulbee from Byrne & Jones Construction.

October 19   
Students will attend the Health Care Career Fiesta at Mercy St. Louis.

October 23-24         
A team from St. Joe will compete in the Engineering Design Competition at Kansas University in Lawrence.

November 4               
Students will present demonstrations in the STEM areas for the SJA Open House for prospective students and families.

November 5
Deadline for student applications to the National Council of Women in Information Technology’s Aspirations in Computing Award.
 
November 5
SJA students will attend the Edward Jones Career Exploration Day.

November 8               
Students will attend a Lunch and Learn event with SJA alumnae who are engineers.

November 9               
St. Joe Honors Chemistry students will attend the American Chemical Society’s Career Day at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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