The Kentucky Commission on Women is dedicated to
elevating the status of women and girls in the Commonwealth,
empowering them to overcome barriers to equity, and
expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

Lt. Governor's STEM Challenge for Girls


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. 

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                   Members of the Olmsted STEM Squad.                                        Members of the Westport STEM Squad.

​Olmsted STEM Sessions ​
​Westport STEM Sessions ​



 8th grade STEM Squad members at Tates Creek Middle School work on building robotic arms.

7th grade STEM Squad members at Leestown Middle School.

The Kentucky Commission on Women is thrilled to partner with Verizon Wireless to expand the Lt. Governor's STEM Challenge for Girl​s. Verizon is bringing technology and hands-on learning opportunities directly to kids who need it most. Verizon's goal is to inspire tomorrow's creators to use technology to build brighter futures for themselves, their families and the world.