Today I’m joined by Bia Hamed, the Program Director of Digital Divas at Eastern Michigan University, and Dr. Alan Gomez, the Executive Director of the Mr. October Foundation. Together, we talk about the recent collaboration between their two programs, their dedication to introducing young girls to the world of STEM, and how such an initiative can have a wide-reaching community impact.
Women make up a huge portion of the workforce and community yet continue to go unrepresented.
Bia and Alan discuss why STEM afterschool and summer camp programs are so effective when it comes to young children and how they encourage children to embrace their inquisitive nature and take a hands-on approach to learning. They also talk about their commitment to introducing more young girls to the field, explaining how currently women make up a huge portion of the workforce and community yet continue to go unrepresented. To correct this problem, their programs are hoping to show girls the opportunities that are out there and introduce them to some basic tools that are key to succeeding in the STEM field.
Digital Divas and Mr. October Foundation are inspiring children who will one day be our future innovators.
Both Bia and Alan are excited about their collaboration, explaining that it’s a program built for scale and growth. They encourage those in other communities who might be interested in recreating this program to take that initiative and reach out to them for advice on how to begin.
Be sure to listen in to learn more about the types of projects the Digital Divas and Mr. October Foundation are exploring with their participants and how they are inspiring those children who will one day be our future innovators.
OTHER TOP QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
“Women are a huge portion of our communities and in our workforce, and yet they’re not well represented.” – Dr. Alan Gomez
“It’s for everybody, you just have to give it a chance.” – Bia Hamed