This will be my fifth year celebrating Girl Day. In past years I have led several amazing Girl Day activities such as 3D modeling and printing jewelry charms, nail art, string art and penny boats. Since taking over the school’s robotics team in 2015, I have been able to inspire 40 young women to join. I am proud to be their role model for the day since I know the true power of mentorship firsthand.
One of the most amazing experiences during Girl Day happened last year when I had a group of adorable kindergarteners participate. They had the opportunity to try 3D modeling and printing and had a great time! I wanted to make this year even bigger, so we’ve partnered with local engineering organizations, universities, and other girl-serving organizations. My goal is to expose more of our girls to engineering and the only way to do so is to go bigger!
There is a growing need for female engineers and STEM professionals to act as Role Models Being a Role Model is easier than you think. If you are unsure of how to begin there are many resources online to get you started. If you are not available for Girl Day, try speaking at schools or to a Girl Scout troop. If you do participate, share your event and let us know your accomplishments so we can celebrate your amazing efforts.
Tiffani Cortez is the Technology & Engineering Instructor and the Robotics Program Director at Harmony School of Innovation- Waco. She earned a Master's of Education, STEM Education from Texas A&M University.