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Friday, July 24, 2015

Cultivating a Leader in STEM

Thank you Green Works for sponsoring this post and supporting girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs to help the next generation of female scientists unleash their power and discover their #NaturalPotential.
I wanted to major in engineering because my aunt majored in engineering.  It's that simple.

Don't get me wrong, I've excelled at math and science since grade school.  But, seeing and knowing a woman, especially a woman of color, take on such a challenge and be successful made such a huge, lasting impression.  I pray that my daughter thinks of me in the same light!  

Being that I am an engineer, I tend to be bias towards STEM programs and will steer my child(ren) toward this path.  I find myself challenging Madison, even now, to think about how things work, why they are the way they are, to question why things react in a certain way, to problem solve, and above all, to think critically.  Yes, even at three!
Just this week we did a science "project" (read = we had a lot of fun) where we made a rainbow in a jar as an introduction to density.  More than anything I loved watching her face light up as we mixed in food coloring, and poured the different layers of liquid into the jar. I'm looking forward to creating an electromagnet, erupting volcanoes, learning multiplication tables, soldering components onto a circuit board, disassembling and reassembling a computer, and so much more! I honestly can't wait to find ways to make all of these things incredibly interesting and fun for my little girl throughout the years.
"Being a mentor for your daughter isn’t just easy; it can be a lot of fun. Set aside some time, follow the steps in a [simple experiment or project] and show her you support her interest in science." -Green Works
It's exciting to see more and more woman take STEM by storm, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with Green Works to disrupt the norm by showing that woman can lead in science, technology, engineering and math too.  Take a look at this video to learn more about their campaign, and join the conversation using the #NaturalPotential hashtag via social media!

When young girls are exposed to STEM early on they are more likely to tap into their natural potential and run with it to be successful in these fields. Furthermore, seeing themselves represented in this field has a significant impact as well; so I'm grateful for the advantage I've given my daughter just by choosing this career path for myself.
There's so much that girls turned women can offer to this world when we're taught that we can do and be anything, so my goal is to raise innovative, well-rounded leaders.  I hope to not only set the example, but equip them with knowledge and present them with the possibilities that are theirs for the taking, be it in the fields of STEM or otherwise!

Inspired by their own female scientist founder, Green Worksthe naturally sourced cleaner, is collaborating with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to engage girls and inspire them to explore careers in science.

I was selected for this opportunity through Collectively and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.  


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