The NW Washington STEM Network, in collaboration with the NWESD 189, has created a series of inspiring videos along with interactive classroom materials that are designed to showcase the tremendous opportunities for women in four of our highest demand, living wage industries in Northwest Washington – Information Technology, Healthcare, Engineering and Construction.
The Spotlight on Women in STEM: Careers in Tech, features Gracie, Abigayle and Ashlyn, three young women at different stages in their journey working in technology. They share how it is a field that is accessible to everyone, that it’s never too late to start in the industry, and that it is a “superpower” that impacts every other field imaginable, from health care to the environment. This resource highlights engaging conversations with Gracie Ermi, Research Software Engineer at Vulcan, Inc; Abigayle Peterson, Computer Science student at Western Washington University; and, Ashlyn Morgareidge, Concrete Middle School student.
Along with the videos, a Viewing Guide has been developed to be used in the classroom and spark discussion before and after viewing the videos.
“Washington state ranks second in the concentration of STEM jobs and there are abundant opportunities in Northwest Washington,” said Jennifer Veltri, NW Washington STEM Network Director and NWESD 189 Computer Science Coordinator. “But historically, students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, rural communities, and women have faced systemic barriers preventing them from gaining access to these jobs. Our goal is to showcase regional STEM opportunities, highlight local students and professionals who have chosen to follow a STEM career path, and inspire our students to consider the incredible possibilities in a STEM Career!”