Texas Girls in STEM Day
Each March 1, Texas recognizes Texas Girls in STEM Day. The day marks a chance to celebrate and encourage the participation of girls in this state in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — and is the result of House Bill 3435, passed by Representative Rhetta Bowers during the 86th Regular Session. The legislation encourages all across the state to embrace programs, ceremonies, and class instruction that emphasizes women in STEM-related careers. Texas Girls in STEM Day gives many young girls the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and dive deeper into subjects they may not have been encouraged to explore otherwise.
Women in STEM (WiSTEM) at UT Austin hosted 3 virtual STEM role model panels to celebrate Texas Girls in STEM Day 2023 in collaboration with Texas Partnership for Out of School Time, Texas Girls Collaborative Project and the Million Girls Moonshot movement.
STEM Pathways with Women in STEM Student Leaders: UT Austin WiSTEM student leaders shared their diverse pathways into their STEM undergraduate majors at UT Austin and what excites them about their major and future career pathways. Target audience: high school students interested in learning more about STEM majors and pathways.
STEM Pathways with UT Austin STEM Alumni and Role Models: UT Austin STEM alumni role models shared their diverse STEM career pathways and what excites them about how their work is impacting our world and our future. Target audience: high school students and STEM undergraduate students interested in learning more about STEM career pathways.
Million Girls Moonshot Exploration of STEM Pathways: STEM students from the Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew and UT Austin Women in STEM student leaders sharedabout their STEM educational pathways, STEM inspirations and more. Special guest and sponsor of HB 3435 which designates March 1 as Texas Girls in STEM Day, Representative Rhetta A. Bowers, Texas House District 113, shared her STEM inspirations as well. This webinar was co-hosted with Texas Partnership for Out of School Time as part of the Million Girls Moonshot movement. Target audience: high school students, STEM undergraduate students, and all who are interested in learning more about STEM motivations and educational pathways.
WiSTEM's Texas Girls in STEM Day 2023 Celebration was a featured event in the two-week-long Texas Science Festival, sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Women in STEM is a proud partner of the Festival! Learn more on the Texas Science Festival website.
Hear from Representative Rhetta Bowers as she shared her excitement about Texas Girls in STEM Day and the importance of this effort for #UTGirlDay 2021:
Invitation from Susan B. Wright, District Director, Office of State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers - HD 113:
The goal is to encourage girls to consider career fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and honor the women who have excelled in those fields. I would be beyond grateful if you would join with me in bringing awareness to this day of celebration by helping to promote our event "Texas Girls in Stem Day" on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please share this with your networks and encourage others to join this celebration. We want to commemorate the day by increasing public awareness about the opportunities that are available to all students and encouraging girls to believe that they can enter fields traditionally dominated by men and be successful.
Thank you in advance for helping to make March 1st a day that celebrates women and girls becoming whatever they want to be!