Help MIT Women's Initiative bring science to schools
Who We Are
The MIT Women’s Initiative (MIT WI) is a unique, student-founded and student-run program aimed at increasing the number of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The primary goal of the club is to educate and motivate middle and high school aged girls towards opportunities in science and engineering, and eliminate common stereotypes regarding women in STEM. This year, we're raising funds to expand our program and reach more young women than ever.
What We Do
Our primary form of outreach is sending pairs of female MIT presenters (both graduate and undergraduate students) to middle and high schools across the country. For the past nineteen years, we have reached out to thousands of young women through presentations and hands-on activities led by our presenters. These presentations are free to as many school districts as MIT WI can afford to visit; each year, the club receives more requests for presentations than it can fulfill.
In 2017, 12 Women’s Initiative presenters reached approximately 3000 young women during the month of January, visiting middle and high schools in 6 different school districts for a week at a time. They traveled to communities as close as East Boston High School, MA, and as remote as Grove City, PA.
Why Support Us
In the forthcoming year 2017-2018, we aim to not only repeat the excellent service we have provided in the past years, but also to reach out to more students in new ways. Our goals to that end are:
- Reaching even more students: If we reach our goal, we will be able to send our volunteers to 3 additional school districts, reaching up to 1,500 additional students.
- Creation of a short video: The video will summarize the need for women to participate in STEM fields and the causes of the current gender inequality in the field. This video will be circulated online and will also be shared on our website and Facebook page.
- Webinar: This is our more ambitious project; we aim to broadcast and record some of our presentations so that students we could not visit can still watch us in action.
Your support can help the MIT Women’s Initiative share our passion for STEM with even more young women across the country. Every $2000 we raise covers another school district we can visit.