Girls In STEM
The No Barriers Girls’ STEM Program was started in 2016 from the support of the engineering firm, Ingersoll Rand. This program engages middle school girls from Colorado’s Front Range to helps girls reach far, set goals, step outside their comfort zone and to discover their passion and desire to contribute to the world in a meaningful way through their dreams in STEM.
In its first year of implementation, the No Barriers Girls’ STEM Program has collaborated with four middle schools which showed interest in helping their young girls pursue STEM with confidence. Girls from these schools have attended the “STEM Experience” at the No Barriers Summit, and have participated in two in-school STEM workshops. The final phase of each school’s involvement is attending the middle school girls’ STEM conference put on by No Barriers and Expanding Your Horizons (a girls’ STEM organization) at Colorado State University. This conference is an opportunity for girls from all over the Front Range to meet other girls with similar interests, and to learn from female STEM professionals through workshops and inspirational speeches.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, jobs in the STEM fields are projected to grow at a pioneering rate by the year 2020. However, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that although women make about half of the U.S. workforce, only 26% of them have careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. No Barriers believes that these numbers show great potential for girls to fulfill these roles in the future of STEM!