Girls are heavily underrepresented in STEM fields, but this panel of passionate women is working to change that! At 3:00 PM MST on July 24, 2019, these women will come together to share what they are doing to support the growth of females in STEM.
Even if you can't attend live, register below to receive a recording of the webinar and access to related resources.
Sonia Galaviz, Moderator
- Sonia Galaviz is a 5th-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary in Boise, Idaho. She has taught for 15 years in Title 1 schools and is passionate about public education.
- She is Garfield's STEM Coordinator and works to enhance STEM education and opportunities in her school and throughout the state.
- She is currently seeking her doctorate in education. Her dissertation focus includes how schools can create opportunities for families to interact with STEM in a low-stakes environment in order to influence a disposition for STEM and measuring the impacts of these experiences on families’ and students’ perception of STEM in terms of STEM identity, STEM habitus and STEM interest.
Sarah Foster, Founder and President of STEM Like a Girl
- Sarah founded STEM Like a Girl in 2017 with the goal to introduce young girls to exciting, fun, and rewarding activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
- She has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and a masters in biomedical engineering from Boston University.
- In the field, Sarah worked as a Research and Development Engineer in biotech.
- Sarah is passionate about educating youth, specifically girls, and their families in STEM activities and hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Wendy Erikson, Panelist
- Wendy Erikson is an FAA Certified Remote Pilot and Emmy Award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience as a news anchor, reporter and television show host.
- She has co-authored three books for children about drones, including the Drone Girls series.
- Wendy became an advocate for women in the UAS industry after seeing drone images of earthquake aftermath in 2014. She purchased a drone, honed her flying skills and was among the first women in Missouri to pass the FAA’s Remote Pilot test.
- Wendy hosts the Women And Drones Podcast while handling social media and STEM initiatives for WomenAndDrones.com. She gives regular presentations about drones, their many uses and what the future holds for this exciting technology.
Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, Founder and CEO ChickTech
- Janice founded ChickTech in 2012 to engage women of all ages in the technology industry while working to create a better technology culture for all.
- She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering with minors in French, Business and Computer Science from Oregon State University and completed her Master of Business Administration at Willamette University.
Anyone who attends the webinar will be entered to win a special STEM program designed to inspires girls in any learning environment: Girls Can Build (retail value: $1,495).
Girls Can Build, is a building set with 6 one-hour segments designed for grades K-2, plus 6 one-hour segments designed for grades 3-5. Each activity of the series uses interest-based learning to develop an understanding of the wide variety of STEM topics. Girls explore urban planning, structural design, physics, math, and storytelling which enables them to gain critical thinking and logical reasoning skills.