American Heart Association hosts first ‘STEM Goes Red’ for high school girls in Delaware
DOVER, Del. – The American Heart Association is taking steps to get women involved in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
On Tuesday in Dover, the organization held an event called Stem goes RED and had over 100 girls. All of them there to talk about fields like the natural gas industry or civil engineering.
Organizers say that an event like this is important because STEM fields are still male dominated.
The Chair for Southern Delaware’s American Heart Association, Jennifer Cohan says they aimed for 8th and 9th graders to come this event, “We want to make sure if they’re interested in the STEM field they get into those tracks as they’re going into the 11th and 12th grade and they start taking their college prep courses and they are prepared to go to college and be in these fields out we thought this was the right age and grade level to start.”
Women make up 50% of the workforce, but only hold 24% of stem-related jobs.
Organizers for STEM Goes Red say this is their very first year but they plan to make it bigger and better in 2020.