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Other Wireless-Related or STEM Information for Women, Girls, and Youth
Websites for Women & Youth Interested in Engineering and Science:
NEW! IEEE Website on ‘Try Engineering’ for Youth: There is a huge amount of information on this Website, including explanations of what engineers do, teacher lesson plans for high school and grade school, links for students to engineering schools and FAQs about engineering, information for parents, online games, robotic competitions, STEM related camps, etc. A very extensive resource.
NEW! STEM and Maker Space for Youth: There are scores of these facilities across the U.S. Search on “STEM workshops” or “maker spaces for youth”. A few are listed below:
New York State Network for Youth Success. This site has a lot of resources. Their offices are in Brooklyn and Troy NY.
STEM Education Center and Maker Space, Natick MA
STEM Center USA, Claremont CA, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Run by two sisters with degrees in mechanical engineering, they offer many resources including summer camps.
Summer camps for youth interested in engineering or STEM subjects:
- IEEE Try Engineering Summer Camp. This is held at 3 universities on the east and west coasts and in the midwest. Click HERE for more information.
- Animated film on Miss Lilian Todd This animated film, aimed at girls, highlights the early life of a woman who was also instrumental in the formation of RCA (click HERE for her place in RCA’s history). Lilian Todd was very interested in aviation at an early age, despite numerous setbacks because of her gender. In November of 1909 in a contest on Long Island N.Y. she flew an aircraft which she designed and built herself! The film will have special appeal to young girls who are have encountered difficulties in pursuing their scientific interests.
- Space Gal Website This is another EXCELLENT Website for girls. Emily Calandrelli is an engineer. On her Website are links to Women in STEM, gifts and products for children interested in STEM, and links to other sources of STEM information for girls and children.
- Career Girl Website This is an EXCELLENT Website for girls. It has with links to various “career clusters” such as STEM, IT, manufacturing, and others. Within the STEM cluster they list 33 specific engineering areas. If you click on the area of engineering that you are interested in (electrical engineering, electronics engineering, aerospace engineering, etc.) you come to a section that lists what this career area is like, what one does in it, education needed, typical salaries, skills you should have, and then at the bottom are a series of female role models. When you click on a role model, there are a series of videos with this person describing their education, career, etc. This site is very comprehensive for young people trying to figure out where to go for their careers, and would also be very useful for parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.
- Engineer Girl Website Explains what engineers do, and has some interviews with female engineers
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE) NEXT Website
- Women in Computing Website
- IT HARE Overview on Engineering Careers (note: some links are broken)
- Science oriented Website for children
- Quanta Magazine Website. A very interesting Web periodical with insights into physics, math, biology, computer science. This is written at a teen-aged to adult level.
- There are numerous Websites for summer science camps for children. Just type in “science camps for kids” or similar and you will find scores of Websites all over the U.S.
Ada Lace books A series which centers on a third grade girl who is interested in science, and with her artistic friend, they use science to solve problems. The series is aimed at 6-10 year olds. One of the books (“Take me to Your Leader”) involves amateur radio.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has a comic book series for girls that introduces engineering in a fun way, called “Constance and Nano Engineering Adventure”
NEW! Books or Videos for Women or Girls on STEM subjects or Histories of Female Accomplishments (Note some books may have adult themes unsuitable for young audiences)
Book: “Code Girls: the Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II”, by Liza Mundy
Code Girls Video Links:
Book: “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II”, by Denise Kiernan
Book: “Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missles to the Moon to Mars”, by Nathalia Holt
Book: “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race”, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Engineering Universities with Significant Female Student Populations:
The following articles may be of assistance:
Undergraduate engineering programs ranked by cost: College Choice.net: Best Bachelors Degrees in Engineering
(From within this article, under the listing for Georgia Tech, is the following statement: “Of all United States institutions, Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering awards the highest number degrees to women and minorities.”)
Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs for Women in 2016:
- University of Southern California
- University of South Dakota
- Georgia Tech
- Carnegie Mellon
- Arizona State
- Johns Hopkins
Additional Websites of Interest to Wireless Women & Girls:
NEW! Cybersecurity is a growing field that offers good prospects for women. Some information on this field can be found at:
- SANS Cyber careers and training for women
- High School cyber competitions for girls
- Girls Go Cyber Start-Website for girls interested in cyber security
Website for girls interested in computer programing (coding) [Note: some may find some of the girls’ comments on the site crude]
“Girls Just Want to Be Engineers”, Oceanus Magazine article discussing a visit some girls made to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
PBS review of Hedy Larmarr Video “Bombshell” [warning: full video may not be suitable for young audiences]
See the article about women telegraphers in the AWA Review, Vol. 29 2016, “Telegraph in the American Civil War” by David and Julia Bart, pages 129-131