Zonta Club of Niagara Falls pushes for young girls in STEM

9 November 2017

Zonta Club of Niagara Falls pushes for young girls in STEM

The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, USA, is working to support young women studying sciences through multiple programs and events. 

Each year, the club sponsors two female middle schools students in sixth through eighth grade to attend week-long STEM summer camp at Niagara University in Niagara Falls that focuses on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Some years ago, club members started to notice that young girls often need a push to keep them interested in the STEM fields and the Young Women's STEM Camp award was an obvious solution.

The club will announce the newest award applicants at an event in 2018 at the Challenger Learning Center, where there are simulated NASA space missions run for visitors.

The group also works to engage young girls outside of Zonta who are focusing on the STEM field, particularly when it comes to space.

In January, the club invited 16-year-old Kirsten Bowers to speak at their 2017 Amelia Earhart Recognition Dinner, calling her the "new Amelia Earhart of the 21st Century." Bowers is a high school junior and spent time as the mission operations director commanding the space rovers that were collecting samples of Mars in a 24-hour simulated Mission to Mars at the NASA Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Kirsten said she intends to pursue aerospace engineering as her college major when she graduates high school in June 2018 in the hopes of being the generation of astronauts to initiate the first mission to Mars. The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls promised to stand behind her on the way and invited her to apply for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship if she decides to pursue a Ph. D. in aerospace engineering.