Spotlight on STEM — Spring 2014

Spotlight on STEM is a quarterly newsletter featuring updates from AAUW headquarters; upcoming science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for girls; and resources for women in the STEM fields.


AAUW is at the forefront of the effort for women and girls in STEM. Read the latest news from AAUW’s national office and find more information on the AAUW website.

AAUW Brings STEM Education to Girls across the Globe

AAUW is proud to announce a new collaboration with Alcoa Foundation to bring our STEM education programs to girls in communities across the globe. Thanks to a $250,000 grant, AAUW will expand our successful Tech Savvy program to a new site in Barberton, Ohio, and create our first international STEM program in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Over the next two years, the collaboration will give hundreds of middle school girls the chance to participate in fun, experiential STEM programs that demonstrate the opportunities and benefits for women in these fields. Learn more on our website.

High Five! You Made the Hour of Code a Huge Success

This year AAUW celebrated Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code for the first time. But thanks to amazing work by our members and supporters, you would think we’ve been doing this for much longer. Find out how we taught women and girls to code, spread the word in every direction, and built a foundation for future action. And it’s not too late to take the challenge yourself (like we did). Check out these resources and start coding today.

Introducing Girls to Engineering on Girl Day

We know how important it is to introduce girls to engineering before they go to college. That’s why our Girl Day celebration this year was bigger than ever! We brought you a lesson plan, four ways you can introduce girls to engineering, and inspiration from real women engineers. Share these resources with the girls in your life and make every day Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Everything You Need to Start a Women’s Hackathon

Whether you want to make a difference in the world, be a tech innovator, or provide a fun STEM opportunity for the women on your campus, the International Women’s Hackathon is for you. It is too late to register for the official Hackathon, but you can still start your own Hackathon and code some awesome apps. Check out these resources.


The AAUW blog is a great source for stories from inspirational women in STEM, updates from our national headquarters, news about branch STEM events, and more. Check out the latest STEM blog posts and find more STEM‑related stories online.

From Discouraged Student to Engineer: One Doll’s Story

From complaining that “math class is tough” to starting a great career as a computer engineer, this STEM heroine has come a long way. Her name? Barbie. And with a little help from AAUW researcher Catherine Hill, she shares her journey from discouragement to success.

Help Students Meet Astronaut Pam Melroy at NCCWSL

When Pamela Melroy was born, there was no such thing as a woman astronaut. She still became one. She’s also a National Conference for College Women Student Leaders Woman of Distinction. Read Melroy’s story on our website, and encourage students to register for this year’s conference to hear from Melroy and other inspirational women leaders.

We Need More Katie Mulichs

The world needs more female inventors and entrepreneurs, and no one knows that better than AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman … and her standard poodle, Sebby. Read Linda’s blog post to find out how one girl used engineering skills and entrepreneurial spirit to make an everyday task easier for dog owners everywhere.


Girls are discovering STEM programs right in their backyards! Every issue of Spotlight on STEM will preview events and programs run by AAUW branches across the nation. Attend or host an event in your area and follow AAUW STEM on Facebook for information and updates.


April 5
Destination: Discovery
AAUW Fergus Falls (MN) Branch

April 17
Girls Recognition Night
AAUW Beaver Valley (PA) Branch

April 26
Tech Savvy
AAUW Gaylord Area (MI) Branch


May 5
Girls Recognition Reception
AAUW Makefield Area (PA) Branch

May 10
Tech Savvy
AAUW Jane Addams (IL) Branch

May 17
Tech Savvy
AAUW Athens (OH) Branch

Tech Savvy
AAUW Bluegrass Central (KY) Branch

May 20
Sister-to-Sister: Tech Savvy Summit for Girls
AAUW Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown (NY) Branch


June 15–20
Be WISE Camp
AAUW of Ohio

June 15–21
Tech Trek at Bowling Green State University
AAUW Bowling Green (OH) Branch

Tech Trek at California State University, Fresno
AAUW of California

Tech Trek at Whittier College
AAUW of California

June 16–19
AWE + SUM Girls Camp
AAUW of Utah

June 22–28
Tech Trek at Tillamook Bay Community College
AAUW Tillamook (OR) Branch

Tech Trek at the University of California, San Diego
AAUW of California

Tech Trek at Sonoma State University
AAUW of California


Take a look at upcoming educational resources, STEM conferences, and the latest research on diversity in STEM.

Miss Out on the AAAS Annual Meeting? No Problem!

We had a great time at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago this February, and now you can enjoy this year’s plenary lectures on the AAAS website. Watch the lectures to learn about some of today’s most exciting scientific developments. We’ll see you next year at AAAS in San Jose!

Women’s Stories

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a great time to remember that STEM history would not have been the same without women innovators. Women’s Stories shares videos that celebrate women’s accomplishments throughout history. Check them out and learn about heroic women in STEM.

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