November 5, 2021
Hi there, ๐Ÿ‘‹

We hope you are enjoying fall and are having a great school year! Stay on top of all of the inspiring STEM news featured below, as well as upcoming events, internships, and scholarships. โš›๏ธ
Don't miss our upcoming STEM Leadership Academy events!
November 18th- Cyber Security Escape Room
Join the STEM Leadership Academy and Exelon Cyber Security to be a part of an important mission in a Virtual Cyber Escape Room! ๐Ÿ’ป So what's the mission?
All is quiet at Gizmo Corp... Itโ€™s 45 minutes until doors-open on a sunny day everyone usually calls โ€˜pay-day.โ€™ It is a day that may remain unmemorable, despite the fact that every single employee here is getting robbed. Unless... one team of special agents, working feverishly in a dark corner of their security operations center, can find the source of a massive insider breach.
You are that team. Good luck. Invite a friend to this event so they can join in on the mission!
December 17th- Build a Solar Gingerbread House
Calling all STEM Leadership Academy Alumnae: Join us for a hands-on gingerbread house building event and to meet other Academy alumnae and celebrate the end of the semester! You'll get to catch up with friends from the Academy and socialize, as well as build your own gingerbread house and even energize it with solar power! ๐Ÿกโšก It's the best of all worlds - old friends (and maybe some new ones), engineering, and a tasty snack. Register early! We'll be sending you everything you need to build your solar gingerbread house! No baking required.
Check out this virtual reality technology that BGE is using! ๐ŸŽฎ
Most of Baltimore's electric infrastructure is located underground, so Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) lineworkers aren't always working on overhead lines, but in manholes. Training for this type of work is difficult to reproduce, so BGE has started to implement virtual reality (VR) technology in their training.

The virtual experience starts outside the manhole, and through their headsets, employees see what it looks like to approach an underground installation. Then, they have to check what they are seeing matches the written documents they have been given to make sure they are in the right manhole since every manhole is slightly different. They then use a handset to practice the tasks they will be expected to perform. This type of technology helps people that are visual and hands on learners! ๐Ÿ‘
Join the Department of Energy Virtual Internship Fair!
Join the Department of Energy for their highly interactive internship fair to learn more about the Community College Internships (CCI) and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) programs. These stipend-based 10-week programs provide technical training and research opportunities at the national laboratories and facilities. ๐Ÿ”ฌ Register now to engage with lab recruiters and scientists to find your place for the Summer 2022 term! You can also apply for internships directly here.
November 8th is National STEM Day! Get inspired by these amazing women in STEM below to celebrate ๐ŸŒŸ
She co-founded a $1 billion fintech start-up in Asia and wants to show other women they can too!
Tessa Wijaya is the co-founder and chief operations officer of Xendit, an Indonesian fintech platform that processes digital payments for businesses in Southeast Asia, like Grab, Wise and Traveloka. As an Indonesian woman running a $1 billion financial technology start-up in Southeast Asia, Tessa is a rare breed! In fintech, women hold 7% of leadership positions. But Wijaya said she is hoping that will change by showing more women and girls they can follow the path less traveled. ๐Ÿ‘

Zuwena was the only girl in her high school science class, now she's helping fight COVID-19!
Zuwena Richardson always wanted to be a scientist. But growing up on St Maarten, a Dutch-Caribbean island with a population of about 40,000, it wasn't an obvious career choice. In high school, Zuwena, who is now 34, was the only girl in her science class.
"I just knew I liked science. I had friends who were like, 'Why don't you do something else?'" she says. It was the start of a journey that took Zuwena from the Caribbean to Europe and eventually Australia. This year, Zuwena became Dr. Richardson after completing her PhD on the HIV virus!

Hear from Latinas in Tech on how they got into STEM and how we can close the gap of women in STEM.
A 2020 study found while women comprise 28.8% of the U.S. tech workforce, Latinas hold a mere 2% of jobs in STEM. Latinas in Tech, professional passionate about closing the gap, gave some solutions to this problem. Heather Conneely, the U.S. Business Lead at Facebook, thinks that getting more Latinas in tech needs to start from inside companies. โ€œThe onus has to change. This is not just a chief diversity officerโ€™s role or the role of HR,โ€ said Heather. โ€œTo be able to grow and retain diverse candidatesโ€”itโ€™s everyoneโ€™s role.โ€

Did you know that NASA has an interactive graphic novel? Check out First Woman below:
NASA released its first digital graphic novel featuring the first woman to walk on the moon, allowing readers to explore space through interactive experiences. First Woman: NASA's Promise for Humanity, tells the tale of Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to explore the Moon. While Callie is a fictional character, the first female astronaut and person of color will soon set foot on the Moon โ€“ a historic milestone and part of upcoming NASA missions! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€ Through a series of graphic novels and digital platforms, First Woman aims to capture attention and unite the next generation of explorers who will return to the Moon.

First Woman graphic novels are XR (VR and AR) enabled! Download the app to walk through life-size scenes from the graphic novel and explore NASA's highlighted technologies, which helped Callie, and will help real astronauts, sustain life on the Moon.
Submit an idea for the JUMP into STEM student challenge:
It's not too late to submit an idea for this year's JUMP into STEM student challenge! JUMP into STEM seeks to address a need for an increased number of graduates from building science programs in undergraduate, graduate, and vocational settings to cover workforce gaps in buildings specializations. Teams must consist of 2โ€“4 undergraduate and/or graduate students who are currently enrolled in a US college or university. This year challenges include: Equal Access to Healthy Indoor Air, Resilience for All in the Wake of Disaster, and Solving Market Adoption for Emerging Efficiency Technologies. Do any of these challenges sound interesting to you? Get a team together and submit your idea below!
Applications for the Coolidge Scholarship are now live!
The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded full-ride scholarship that covers a studentโ€™s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.! Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school, and application are open now!
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