The City of Wichita is among seven cities selected to win the US2020 City Competition, a national competition encouraging STEM mentoring, and the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to be a STEMpact2020 partner!
This competition challenged cities to develop innovative models for dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals who mentor and teach students through hands-on projects. US2020 specifically focuses on increasing STEM opportunities and STEM excitement for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families.
Public and private coalitions from 52 cities across the nation applied, and Wichita’s coalition – which includes the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland – was selected.
The winning cities, which were announced Tuesday (May 27) at the White House Science Fair, include: Wichita, Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Allentown, Penn. The cities will share $1 million in financial, consulting and staff support over the next year to support opportunities and mentoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
“Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud and excited to be a STEMpact2020 guiding coalition member,” said Liz Workman, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “The vision of Girl Scouts is to be the premier leadership experience for girls.
“We exist to empower girls, and STEM is a primary program initiative of our council. Our girls will greatly benefit from the additional opportunities to receive quality, high-impact mentoring from area STEM professionals that the coalition will make possible.”
Go to www.stempact2020.org to learn more about Wichita’s STEMpact2020, including how to volunteer as a STEM mentor.