G2O: Generating Girls' Opportunities
The G2O (Generating Girls’ Opportunities) Initiative seeks to address barriers that prevent female students from realizing broader success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers, including societal stereotypes, lack of role models, and a lack of confidence in STEM.
Girls and STEM Expos are designed to stimulate girls' interest in STEM fields and to promote opportunities for entrance into STEM careers.
- To engage female students in STEM fields through interactive exercises, workshops and peer networking to promote their knowledge about and interest in STEM education and careers.
- To create an academic and career pathway for students participating in programming and to assist them in obtaining the tools and resources needed to succeed in STEM.
- To foster teachers' familiarity with innovative methods to teach STEM and encourage gender equity in STEM classrooms.
Girls & STEM Expo at Central Connecticut State University
On April 21st, a group of high school girls from around the state joined with Central Connecticut State University educators, students, and representatives from organizations and companies here in Connecticut to increase their awareness of STEM careers, gain hands-on skills, and start navigating their pathways from high school to college and career.
It was a rainy day at CCSU but it didn’t dampen our spirits! Our day began with a presentation by Carol Coppa, an engineer with Eversource Energy and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. Ms. Coppa gave a presentation entitled, "Discover Your Future in the Energy Industry.” Then girls then split into several groups to learn about transportation, DNA extraction, how earthquakes shape the way we engineer buildings, and more!
While the students were engaged in their exciting student workshops, the educators who joined the students had the chance to learn about how many miles their food travels to make it to their tables, a fascinating activity led by Dr. Karin Jakubowski as well as learning all about Makers Fairs from Wendy Robicheau from the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing.
The day concluded with the "Navigating the Path to College and Career" session, introducing girls to the variety of careers and educational opportunities available to them in the STEM fields.
Thank you to representatives from the following organizations for joining us!
- Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)/Dream It Do It
- Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- Pfizer New Haven Clinical Research Unit
- Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing
- The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- WTS Connecticut Chapter
- Capital Workforce Partners
- Capital Community College
- Tunxis Community College
THANK YOU to Central Connecticut State University and the Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center for supporting this inspiring event!
A special thank you to our sponsors, the Farmington Bank Community Foundation and the Betty Knox Foundation for making this even possible!
For questions, please contact Brenna Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.