Museum of Science, Boston Kicks Off Annual Women and Girls in STEM Month, Inspiring Women of all Ages to Explore STEM Career Paths

October 31, 2019

Museum Announces Series of Education and Networking Events Throughout November

BOSTON, MA (October 31, 2019) – The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) initiative at the Museum of Science, Boston announced today its line-up for Women and Girls in STEM Month, aimed to inspire women of all ages and backgrounds to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Throughout the month of November, the Museum will offer a variety of events for professional women and students to engage with, inspire, and empower each other through hands-on activities, presentations, networking opportunities, and discussions. “Through our WISE initiative, we are focused on demystifying STEM through public education, community creation, and inspiring all to feel empowered to pursue STEM interests,” said Annette Sawyer, Senior Vice President for Education at the Museum of Science. “Through Women and Girls in STEM Month and during events throughout the year, we are actively supporting those in STEM careers by creating a collaborative environment of professionals and encouraging girls to continue to fill the STEM pipeline.”

According to the National Science Foundation, while there has been progress in representation in science and engineering occupations, women remain underrepresented in this facet of the workforce. Between 1993 and 2010, the fields of science and engineering experienced only a five percent increase, from 23% to 28%, in women employed in these occupations, despite women accounting for half of the college-educated workforce. As a non-profit institution dedicated to deepening the public’s relationship with STEM, the Museum of Science, Boston takes very seriously its role effecting change with regard to the issue of underrepresentation in STEM education and careers.

For 22 years, the Museum of Science’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) initiative has served as a catalyst for lifelong learning by encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to explore STEM fields, focusing on equity and inclusion. Through this initiative, the Museum celebrates Women and Girls in STEM Month every November. 

With networking events and education days planned throughout the month, the program highlight is the WISE Fall Speaker Series Breakfast. The fundraising breakfast brings together a diverse audience to learn about the career paths and life experiences of distinguished women in STEM professions with the goal of creating innovative and experimental programming throughout the year to promote the development of women and girls in STEM fields. Co-presenting sponsors of the 2019 Women and Girls in STEM Month are BNY Mellon, Vertex, and General Motors, whose employees will also participate as volunteers at events throughout the month.

 Women and Girls in STEM Month events include:

  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Mentoring Evening for College Students, sponsored by the Akamai Foundation
    • November 7, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
      • This three-part format, designed to both inspire and share professional guidance, includes a panel discussion around the possibilities and realities facing women in STEM industries, information sessions, and networking opportunities. College students can sign up at: http://www.mos.org/mentoring
  • Public Education Day
    • November 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
      • Designed to give Museum visitors, especially girls, an opportunity to have authentic conversations with female STEM professionals and guest educators from Boston-area organizations and inspire a passion for STEM topics. Equipped with fun science activities in the Blue Wing of the Museum, these women will be talking to visitors about their career journeys and work in a variety of STEM fields such as archaeology, biology, engineering, computer science, and aviation
  • School Education Day
    • November 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      • Designed to give Museum visitors, particularly school field trip groups, an opportunity to have authentic conversations with female STEM professionals, through fun and engaging hands-on science activities designed and led by guest educators – female STEM professionals working in the Boston area in fields such as engineering, archaeology, biology, and more.
  • WISE Fall Speaker Series Breakfast
    • November 22, 7:00 – 9:00 am
      • “The Ocean as a Tool to Combat Climate Change” featuring Deborah Bronk, PhD, President and CEO, Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Science. Dr. Bronk will discuss the impacts of a warmer, more acidic ocean due to a global increase in temperatures, and explore a number of novel ways the ocean can be used to help humanity mitigate and adapt to climate change. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.mos.org/wisebreakfast

 

 

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces approximately 1.5M visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. Beyond its walls, the Museum reaches tens of millions more through award-winning STEM content such as its blockbuster traveling exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, the world’s leading prek-8 engineering curricula, EiE®, and originally created, globally distributed planetarium shows. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at https://www.mos.org

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