1. What is The STEMinista Project?
The STEMinista Project is a Michigan Science Center initiative created to defy statistics and raise expectations of interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for 4th through 8th grade girls. The Project will engage girls with authentic STEM experiences designed to increase their interest, confidence and skill sets in STEM.
2. What is a STEMinista?
A STEMinista is woman working in a STEM-based career, using STEM skills in a directly or indirectly STEM-related job, or teaching and/or doing research in the STEM. STEMinistas work at all levels of the sector – from skilled trades to corporate careers to academic posts.
3. What are my responsibilities as a STEMinista Role Model?
Fill out the profile form (just 8 questions!) and send us a profile picture. That’s it! There are additional opportunities to engage with program participants, but you can chose your level of involvement. Click here to learn more.
4. Is there a limit or minimum requirement for the amount of STEM used in my job that qualifies me as a STEMinista?
No! We want to think as broadly about the world around us as the young ladies in our program. We are interested in STEMinista professionals from all realms – from all types of engineering to banking to the medical fields to information technology to zoology to computer science to architectural design. If you are using science, technology, engineering and/or math in your work in any significant way, we’d like you to step up and share your profession with our girls!
5. What if I have a STEM degree, but I’m not using it in a traditional STEM field?
You are a STEMinista! The Michigan Science Center recognizes that the best thing about a STEM degree is its universal applicability – and one of the goals of the Project is to share that understanding with our participants. STEM degrees teach problem solving, critical thinking, and out-of-the box thinking that can be used in many different ways. The STEMinista Project will engage the girls who are on the path to traditional STEM careers, but also those girls who will use STEM skills in other creative career paths. Your story will help us do that.
6. Can graduate students sign up?
Absolutely! We encourage graduate students at all levels to sign up as role models for The STEMinista Project.
7. What if I don’t have a STEM degree, but I am now working in a STEM career or I created a business based on STEM?
You are a STEMinista! Unusual pathways to STEM are a great way to inspire girls (and everyone!) to think about STEM and STEM careers differently. Stories like yours add diversity to our database and broaden the appeal of STEM.
8. When can the girls participating in the program sign up?
Open sign up for girls aged 4th through 8th grade to participate in The STEMinista Project is now open.
9. I’m ready to do more than just share my bio! What else can I do?
Thank you for that extra enthusiasm – there is more that you can do! You can start by spreading the word about this initiative to gather STEMinista Role Models.
We are also looking for STEMinista role models to visit classrooms or tell their story live at the science center or other community venues. You may note your interest in this opportunity at the end of your bio. Learn more.
Also, we are looking for sponsors for The STEMinista Project at all levels from all sectors. If you or your organizational are interested in hearing more about sponsorship and specific support opportunities, please contact Development@Mi-Sci.org or 313.577.8400, ext. 432.
And stay tuned – The STEMinista Project is growing! There will be more opportunities to support this important initiative in the coming months.