Girls & STEM
Girls tend to drop out of the STEM academic pipeline earlier than boys with many losing interest in these subjects during the middle and high school years.
Keeping more girls interested in STEM requires deliberate strategies to connect learning with “real-life” experiences. In addition to providing a strong STEM focus within the school classroom, we must provide our girls with the opportunity to engage in authentic, real-world learning experiences. This exposure helps make STEM fun and engaging and shows the girls that STEM subjects aren’t to be feared, but embraced, as a potential career opportunity!
The Girls Innovate: YWPN STEM Challenge at NorthPark Center will be a fun-filled and educational afternoon of team presentations of innovative STEM ideas, friendly competition, and community awareness.
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: NorthPark Center | 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225
Purpose: To develop and teach STEM concepts and principles through interactive, fun activities to teen girls from Young Women’s Preparatory Network schools in North Texas: the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas, Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie, and Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth.
Young Women’s Preparatory Network
Young Women’s Preparatory Network engenders change in public education by using an innovative model which supports public/private partnerships across Texas. We are the ONLY organization working hand-in-hand with the public school district to affect change within public education across Texas. Through our school district partnerships, we create innovative, PUBLIC, all-girls schools that offer a rigorous, college-preparatory environment with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network founding pillars of College Readiness, Responsible Leadership, and Wellness Life Skills.
Since 2004, we have opened eight schools across Texas in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, and El Paso. Our schools have won multiple awards including being recognized among the top PUBLIC schools in Texas and the nation.
We are the largest network of all-girls PUBLIC schools in the nation, serving more than 4,600 girls in the 6th – 12th grades statewide. The majority of our students are low-income and will likely be first-generation college attendees. Many will also be first-generation high school graduates.
To our girls, a high school diploma is more than a piece of paper. It is the first step to breaking the cycle of poverty through education. To ensure our girls graduate from high school prepared to succeed and persist in college, we partner with community donors to fund enhancements to the school district curriculum.