2/15/2018 – SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) This morning, some key organizations are looking to help Utah high school girls get excited about their careers. They’re preparing for SheTech Explorer Day. Roberta Reichgelt from the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development, and Sara Jones, Co-founder of the Women Tech Council, joined Brian Carlson to explain.
The SheTech program was created by the Women Tech Council in 2014. SheTech is a STEM program to activate, engage and inspire high school girls to pursue STEM fields by giving them hands-on experience with STEM careers from experts and mentors from the tech industry.
On Explorer Day, high school girls can learn from more than 200 tech companies what STEM careers are like through hands-on activities like robotics, coding, diamond cutting, animation, DNA and genetics testing.
During the process, they’ll learn skills and interact with mentors to help inspire them to pursue these fields by showing them successful role models.
More than 200 of Utah’s leading technology companies will be involved, including: Adobe, AT&T, Ancestry, Vivint Smart Home, Dell EMC, Ivanti, and Dealertrack.
Because the program has been so successful, they are expecting around 4,000 girls this year(there were 2,500 back in 2014). Because of the increase in participating from students, they need more mentors to get involved.