Guest Author: Rita Standerfer, science writer, AZ SciTech
Each year in the month of March, a program intensifies as passionate and talented teens work to ignite a fire about STEaM for younger girls!
On Friday, March 27, 2015, from 1pm – 3 pm, a team of dynamic Xavier high school girls will welcome middle school girls from all over the state of Arizona, to present their 7th Annual Girls Have IT Day Event!
Girls Have IT Day employs a “near peer” mentoring model that really works! It is truly inspiring to watch the magic happen as they present STEAM in a creative, hands-on manner. This year many of the activities are new. The goal is to help the middle school girls recognize how STEAM actually relates to their everyday lives, but to also present science, technology, engineering, art, and math, in a manner that is fun.
Extensive preparation goes into making the event a success. The high school girls develop and design the activities to help the younger girls become engaged, encouraged, and excited about STEAM. It is a magical moment for all, as the “near peers” give back to the community, and the middle school girls, mostly from Title 1 Schools, light up when they work with the hands-on activities.
This year’s guest speaker will be Tech Entrepreneur, Stacey Ferreira, winner of Seventeen Magazine’s “Pretty Amazing” award. This is definitely a great example of bringing STEAM to life while reaching out to the community to help build a stronger Arizona for tomorrow.