Story by: Jordyn Taylor Dean
When it comes to computer science degrees in Houston, only a few of them are earned by female college graduates. Here’s how GHWCC is encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Our STEAM Town USA program is making sure Houston’s female students aren’t left behind. The after school program for at-risk third-grade girls is increasing their exposure to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) concepts.
The goal is also to improve grades and graduation rates while encouraging girls to pursue STEAM careers.
The program is a series of nine monthly after-school sessions. Each month we focus on a different business or aspect of the community along with the science and math that supports it.
In December, our team members gave the future techies a lesson in water filtration at Cornelius Elementary School.
The third graders worked as water utility operators for their community. It was their job to deliver water that is safe to drink to residents and businesses.
At the end of the project, the girls were able to more clearly define sources of water pollution, both natural and man-made.
These hands-on experiments expose young girls to science and math.
GHWCC provides all materials and volunteers for the program. Make a donation to STEAM Town USA and help us keep more girls in the race by clicking the link below.
Donated supplies are also welcomed! For more information contact us at 713.782.3777