We IGNITE the spark in young women and non-binary students to discover and appreciate the possibilities that exist for them to pursue careers in computer science and engineering. We partner with educators, companies, and volunteers to offer programming like field trips, Panel presentations, workshops, and more.
We work with teachers, counselors and administrators to identify students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. We invite those students to Panel presentations during the school day to hear from professional women in STEM fields about the opportunities and successes that are possible for them to attain. Students also have the opportunity to go on field trips to companies and universities near them so that they can envision a future pursuing a STEM field.
IGNITE also hosts workshops for students to expand their knowledge of computer science and engineering. We link traditionally underrepresented students with opportunities that allow them to continue to develop their interest in STEM subjects and fields.
IGNITE aims to expand the diversity of talent in technological fields. We understand that the most powerful innovations in technological solutions will be served by a diversity of experiences and thought. Currently less than 30% of computer science professionals and 20% of college computer science majors are female.
We want students to relate positively to the breadth of career possibilities that mix their skills, interests and passion and provide them the ability and opportunity to change the world. We target students who have not self-selected for STEM classes and interests.
IGNITE provides opportunities for girls & non-binary students during the school day so that students with after-school barriers can still participate. We also work with teachers and other educators to become IGNITE liasons for STEM opportunities. When IGNITE is at a school, the female enrollment in technology classes rises from under 10 percent to 30 to 80 percent.