We are excited that you are interested in learning more about Women in Homeland Security’s STEM Initiative. Â The mission of the WHS STEM effort is to connect kids in middle to upper school with WHS members that work with homeland security technologies that â€œshowâ€ STEM in action.
Women in Homeland Security launched our STEM initiative in 2012 with a tour and visit at the U.S. Secret Service Forensic labs. Â We worked with one school to brings kids in 7th grade to see the “science” behind forensics at the agency that protects the President of the United States. Â That connection was so successful that next, we worked with three schools to bring 7th and 8th graders to the Lockheed Martin Global Innovation Center to explore hands-on, tactical equipment in the fighter flight demonstration center, the energy resources center, and the space satellite center.
No poster boards, minimal â€œlecturingâ€ â€“ more hands-on demonstration of technology, products, experiences that show what types of careers and projects the kids could work on if they choose a STEM career. Â What better way to interest our next generation than to connect them with the “cool” technologies and applications of what they are learning today?
Welcome again and I hope you join us to spread WHS’ STEM vision across the country!
I also wanted to welcome you to the WHS STEM Initiative! Â As the Youth Ambassador to the WHS Board for STEM, I worked closely with the leadership of WHS to engage my school and my peers to attend and engage in STEM activities. Â The U.S. Secret Service was a BIG hit — and so was flying a helicopter around D.C. at the Lockheed Martin Global Innovation Center!
I don’t consider myself a “STEM” kid, but the jobs and projects that you can do with STEM are exciting and I am now considering things I didn’t even know about! Â You can read my article about our trip in the WHS newsletter.
We’d really like you to get involved — kids and adults alike! Â There are a bunch of ways to work with us: