Elementary age girls will be at Lake Michigan College this weekend to learn about STEM subjects, courtesy of Whirlpool and the Council on Women and Technology. Whirlpool’s Pamela Wise-Martinez tells us the Girls and STEM event is intended to teach the girls about coding, and they’ll even work on creating an app. She says her background in tech at Whirlpool has given her a drive to make girls more aware of exciting careers available to them.
“For me, it’s really part of my passion to help girls see themselves doing it,” Martinez said. “I believe that you can’t do what you can’t see, and so it’s really important for us to give students opportunities to learn and ask questions, to engage with women and do coaching and mentoring.”
Martinez says women are underrepresented in the tech workforce, and she wants to show the girls what they are capable of. On hand for Saturday’s event will be Whirlpool Corporation Chief Information Officer Dani Brown. She’ll address the girls and then roll up her sleeves to help them work on their codes and apps. The event is slated to run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Additional Girls and STEM events are planned.