Wednesday: How to get more middle-school girls into STEM - Philly


Jun. 27, 2017 3:51 pm

Wednesday: How to get more middle-school girls into STEM

Hear from students, authors and developers at this GRIT_PHL event, hosted by Tonic Design.

At a TechGirlz workshop.

(Courtesy photo)

To get a larger representation of women in tech, work should start in connecting girls to STEM.

Strengthening the tie between middle-school girls and STEM education has been for years the core mission of orgs like TechGirlz. And Wednesday evening, at Tonic Design’s Center City offices, a lineup of speakers — including the nonprofit’s outreach coordinator — will discuss ways to nurture girls’ interest in STEM.

Here’s the lineup:


The free event is organized by Girls Rock In Tech PHL (GRIT_PHL), a tech mentorship program for 5th- and 6th-grade girls.

“Fifty percent of girls who were once interested in STEM choose not to follow these subjects once they reach middle school,” said the org’s cofounder Jennifer Torre. “That loss is immeasurable on multiple levels: Students miss out on a potential career in tech, the highest paying job sector that currently exists. The tech industry loses because it lacks access to more than 50 percent of a potential talent pool.”

Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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