Aggie STEM is excited to partner with High-Tech High Heels (HTHH) this summer for an all-girls STEM summer camp. With this partnership, we are hoping to foster an environment that encourages middle and high school girls to pursue degrees in STEM fields. By providing a fun experience in hands-on STEM learning taught by role model female educators in STEM fields, we aim to motivate and inspire these young women to continue studying STEM.
15 years ago, a group of 30 women at Texas Instruments decided to make a difference concerning the overwhelming problem of the gender gap that is present in STEM fields. These women compiled their own money and set up a fund, “The Women of TI Fund,” and created a program that trained high school math and science teachers on gender equity in the classroom, built a physics camp for high school girls, and a program to train guidance counselors. When these women wanted to expand their reach outside of TI, they rebranded into High-Tech High Heels, which became a 501(c)(3) in 2013. Currently, they have around 100 volunteers who speak at schools concerning the gender gap, 30 volunteers who manage their fundraising campaigns, a board of 14 directors, and numerous donors. HTHH is working on their first major expansion out of North Texas to Silicon Valley in California.
High-Tech High Heels looks to fund programs that will be impactful and supportive of middle and high school girls’ STEM education. Aggie STEM’s past experience with our co-ed STEM camps and our data revealing the improvement of campers after attending our STEM camps really impressed HTHH. We are excited to provide a camp that results in girls being inspired to choose STEM fields, as well as being equipped to be successful in those fields