GA launches nationwide STEM program

Greenwich Academy is urging its students to ‘gain’ experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the introduction of its online social networking program GAINS — Girls Advancing in STEM.

A nationwide program, the GAINS Network is a consortium of select girls’ schools at the forefront of educating the female STEM leaders of the future. Members may connect with each other through posts, blogs and group discussions, as well as virtual mentoring events held twice a year.

Member schools include Castilleja in Palo Alto, Calif., Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tenn., Hathaway Brown in Cleveland, Ohio, Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas and Marymount in New York, N.Y.

The purpose of the GAINS network is to build a strong female STEM community amongst member schools’ students and alumnae and to provide these constituencies with role models who are interested in sharing and discussing their experiences in STEM-related fields. The network will also help establish mentor relationships between network members and provide networking opportunities within these fields.

Head of School Molly King said, “While it’s well documented that girls are capable of pursuing and excelling in STEM subjects at the highest levels, girls and women are severely underrepresented in academic and professional arenas. We need to encourage girls interested in STEM fields through interactions with female role models. Such relationships enhance self-confidence, increase awareness of career options and develop and empower female STEM leaders on a national and global scale.”

The rapidly growing GAINS Network has more than 250 student and professional women members including the president of Harvey Mudd College, former Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Princeton University, president of the Society of Women Engineers, technology leader for MRI Technologies & Systems, GE Global Research and many more.

“The national discourse on the role of women in science, technology, engineering, and math continues to make headlines. With the expansion of GAINS, we are helping to build the pipeline of female STEM leaders of the future,” Ms. King said.

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