If you're joining our Tweet Up on Women in STEM (that’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) today, you’ll have a chance to learn about some of the innovative ways that the federal government is investing in women in STEM – and the areas where we can do more. Here are some of the topics we can cover today on #STEM at 2:30pm ET:
· Ask the Energy Department (@ENERGY) about introducing girls to STEM at an early age to create the next generation of female scientists and engineers who will tackle challenges like climate change and nuclear security. Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman and Technology Transfer Coordinator Dr. Karina Edmonds will host the Tweet Up. Argonne National Lab’s Women in Science and Technology Leader Kawtar Hafidi (@argonne) can talk about Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Science Careers in Search of Women Conference, which have connected thousands of girls to STEM careers.
· Ask NASA about their new Women@NASA program (@WomenNASA), which is sharing stories of women at NASA, mentoring young girls, and partnering with groups like the Girl Scouts to engage girls across the country in NASA’s mission. NASA G.I.R.L.S. (NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science) is a virtual one-on-one mentoring program for young girls in grades 5-8. The students spend five weeks with a Woman@NASA and learn how STEM careers can change the world and truly make a difference in society.
· Send NOAA (@usnoaagov) questions about their success in attracting distinguished, award-winning, and trailblazing senior women scientists as well as numerous talented younger women scientists. Its leadership team is committed to training and recruiting innovative women, and putting them in positions that work every day to ensure the health and resilience of natural ecosystems and resources. The Dr. Nancy S. Foster Scholarship Program, EPP Graduate Sciences Program, EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program, and Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program are just a few examples.
· Turn to the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau (@USDOL) to learn why ensuring women are prepared to succeed in a 21st century changing economy is critical to the financial stability of women, their families, and our country. The Bureau recently published “Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career” to provide women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs. Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the Women's Bureau, will be on Twitter to answer questions about occupations in the clean energy economy that are virtually untapped by women.
· Tweet at Congresswoman Eddie B. Johnson’s office (@RepEBJ) to check in on the latest that Congress is doing to invest in women in STEM. Congresswomen Johnson has supported programs like the Noyce Teacher Training that gives grants to universities so they can offer scholarships to STEM students to become teachers. You can also ask her about her efforts to broaden participation in STEM.
· Check in with Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell at the Department of Education’s Faith Based and Community Partnerships (@edpartners). She can tell you about nationwide education stats, family-school-community partnerships, and learning resources for women in STEM.
· Jenna Jadin, Ph.D, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist and Dionne Fortson Toombs, Ph.D., Director, Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will be on the line over at @USDA to answer questions about the latest science and technology at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and how women are being recruited to make a difference in these programs.
· Ask EPA’s Office of Research and Development (@EPAResearch) how EPA scientists and engineers protect our health and the environment. Find out about paid fellowship programs for women in STEM and hear about the career experiences of the amazing women at EPA .
Tweet using the hashtag #STEM on Twitter.com at 2:30pm ET to get your questions over to these experts. See you online!