STEM Computer Essentials Teacher
West Valley Junior High School
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LEAD IGNITE IN YOUR SCHOOL?
We were looking for an opportunity to provide resources and inspiration for the girls in our school. We realize that there’s a significant gender gap in students choosing STEM courses and careers and feel the need to increase the exposure to women in tech careers so the girls have role models and examples. IGNITE is the perfect organization providing that support.
WHAT IMPACT HAS IGNITE HAD ON YOUR FEMALE STUDENTS?
IGNITE panels and activities have instilled excitement in my female students. They are very excited about the interactions they have with women professionals and the stories they hear about their life and careers have motivated them to check out advanced courses in STEM subjects. Not only that, but the girls are experiencing huge changes in their self-confidence and mindsets.
ARE THERE ONE OR TWO PARTICULAR STORIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT HOW IGNITE HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON A PARTICULAR GIRL?
IGNITE has helped a couple of students actually decide on pursuing a career in STEM fields. They were unsure earlier but now feel motivated to go in that direction. One student in particular, had no idea that women have the kind of support available and that is in fact possible for a woman to become an engineer or data scientist. She’s blown away by the possibilities and is feeling excited about her future.