Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton is challenging Kentucky to get more girls involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Seventy-one percent of all jobs in 2018 require STEM skills; yet only twenty-four percent of females in the U.S. are currently represented in these fields.
STEM careers offer very competitive wages and salaries; in fact, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women with STEM jobs earned thirty-three percent more in 2014 than comparable women in non-STEM jobs. The challenge is designed to bring awareness to the opportunities females have in STEM fields.
The Commission on Women, an office of the Governor, began
the multi-week STEM Challenge in January 2017 at two Lexington middle schools
-- Leestown and Tates Creek. In its second year, the Commission on Women teamed
up with Verizon Wireless to expand the program to 8th graders at Leestown and
Tates Creek as well as 7th graders at Olmstead South and Westport Middle
Schools in Louisville. 103 girls participated, up from 32 in the pilot year. The
program's goal is to inspire and challenge girls to use their natural curiosity
and intelligence to uncover a passion for STEM fields through hands-on learning
and career exploration.
Each of the six STEM Challenge sessions lasted two hours and was held at the student's school after the last class was dismissed.
Members of the Olmsted STEM Squad. Members of the Westport STEM Squad.
Olmsted STEM Sessions
Westport STEM Sessions