STEM Goes Red Encourages Young Philadelphia School District Students to Explore Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Although women fill close to half of all the jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25% of jobs in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM).  The American Heart Association, a science-based organization, strives to make significant changes to these statistics by empowering more women to seek careers in the sciences. In order to move medical breakthroughs forward, more women need a seat at the table, making significant contributions to the advancement of women’s healthcare.

As an extension of the Go Red for Women movement, which empowers communities to build a sustainable culture of health, the American Heart Association has created STEM Goes Red, a movement to encourage young women’s interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and explore careers in those industries. Students from the Philadelphia School District will hear from inspiring leaders from our community – including Dr. William Hite, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent and STEM Goes Red Chair Amy Novak, Project Executive, Torcon.

STEM Goes Red aims to prepare female students for the nearly eight million science, technology, engineering and math jobs available worldwide. Not only are American students generally unprepared to fill these roles, just three in 100 female undergraduate students continue to work in STEM fields after graduating. The American Heart Association is committed to building a brighter future, stopping heart disease before it starts, and paving the way to healthier communities. Innovation and big thinking require young, emerging students – both men and women – who are committed to making change happen.

STEM Goes Red will host 100 ninth and tenth grade students from the Philadelphia School District for a day-long event to empower young women to explore STEM outside the classroom. Students will gain first-hand experience and connect with vibrant community leaders. STEM Goes Red Event Chair, Amy Novak, who holds degrees in engineering, architecture and business will inspire students to pursue areas of STEM.

 “I look forward to encouraging these young women to pursue what challenges them, makes them happy and contributes to the development of our modern society,” says Ms. Novak. “More women at the table means more bright minds pursuing complex solutions for today’s environmental, healthcare and engineering problems,” continued Novak.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on breakout sessions with some of Philadelphia’s leading organizations, such as Independence Blue Cross, Pershing, Penn Medicine and Oracle. Students will also participate in a speed mentoring session led by female leaders from companies and organizations including: Nutrisystem; Temple University; Oracle; Vertex; and M&T Bank.

STEM Goes Red will take place at Penn State at the Navy Yard 4960 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 1911on Tuesday, November 13th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

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