A daylong Chester County pitch to hook girls on STEM

Diane Mastrull, a writer for the Inquirer, covered the Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) event in Pennsylvania. TechGirlz is annually involved in the program which focuses on showcasing experiential activities led by successful women in STEM fields and providing information on STEM related events middle school girls could partake in. The full article was originally published March 23, 2019 on The Inquirer online at Philly.com.

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This year’s free forum for girls in grades five through 10 included 85 activities in STEM fields, such as robotics, coding, video gaming, and forensic sciences, and a discussion involving more than 50 female senior executives form business, government, and education, including Vanguard, Cerner, Exelon, GlaxoSmithKline, Bentley Systems, Pfizer, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

GETT, presented by the Chester County Economic Development Council through its Innovative Technology Action Group initiative, was first created as a response to the underrepresentation of young women in STEM careers.

Earlier this month, TechGirlz, a Fort Washington nonprofit founded nearly 10 years ago to encourage middle school girls to consider STEM-related careers, was acquired by Illinois-based Creating IT Futures in hopes of creating a more robust pipeline of female IT workers nationwide. (Read More: Philly-area’s TechGirlz acquired in deal to build a bigger STEM pipeline)

Also this month, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics released a report showing that although the number of women receiving a college degree in computer sciences increased between 1997 and 2016 — women are making up a smaller percentage of bachelor’s and doctorate recipients.

Organizers of Saturday’s GETT event cited 500,000 open computing jobs in the U.S., with new ones being created at nearly four times the rate of other types of jobs.

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