Pursuing Their Passion in STEM- 5:17
with Mallory DePrekel, Director of Education for 2020 Girls - ITEC
May 23, 2018
Inspiring girls to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is critical to the Lansing area. 2020 Girls Clubs prepare middle school girls (ages 9–13) for success in the year 2020 and beyond. 2020 Girls is a partnership between the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) and the Capital Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Local women leaders have supported 2020 Girls through the Greater Lansing 100+ Women Who Care and local Zonta clubs.
Participation in 2020 Girls helps girls develop concrete skills that serve them well in school and future careers. Courses in robotics, game design, and programming require students to learn new concepts, hone existing skills, and put their theoretical knowledge into immediate practice. Relevant skills include computation, spatial reasoning, computer programming, functions/graphing, math and science literacy, and artistry. All of these skills contribute to academic success, and as today’s professional landscape evolves, employers are coming to value them more than ever.
2020 Girls improves girls’ self-confidence by introducing them to supportive female instructors and mentors. Women who work in STEM careers provide ideal role models for young women assessing what role technology might play in their future and in their careers.
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