PPG and our community engagement program in Spain continues to introduce a generation of girls to the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through our ongoing support of STEM Talent Girl (STG). The STG program, organized by the ASTI Talent and Technology Foundation, is designed to inspire and empower teenaged girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
Since 2018, our broad-based support for the initiative has included participant workshops and tours conducted by colleagues at our sites in Spain, as well as one-to-one outreach between members of our team and STG participants. During the 2019-2020 program year, PPG remained an active program partner, providing in-person support to participants prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and then working with STG during its COVID-19 transition to online opportunities. This enabled STG to increase its outreach among students and the public; during the 2019-2020 program year, STG reached approximately 5,000 students through masterclasses, workshops, cloud labs and other online activities.
As an example of our 2019-2020 participation, Carina Gomes, communications and community engagement specialist, Portugal and Spain, and Ana Belén Pozuelo, manager, environment, health and safety, Camarma, Spain, served as virtual panelists in STG’s Mentor Women program during April and May. As part of their efforts, they evaluated and gave constructive feedback on STEM-related work of 19 young girls.
“A girl's passion for STEM should be taken seriously," Pozuelo said. “Through our support of STG, we’re providing resources and tools to help girls see the opportunities in STEM careers. It makes me confident that our efforts are helping girls see their potential. It gives me hope for a better tomorrow.” Click here to read more about her experience with STG.
For 2020-2021, our third year of support, PPG signed on as an STG Strategic Partner and helped kick off the annual SUMMIT STG conference in October. The week-long conference included a series of eight virtual roundtable discussions that highlighted the critical role that female STEM professionals play in Spain’s economy. Regular STG activities such as SCIENCE for Her, Mentor Women and the newest STG online platform are now underway.
Click here to learn more about our support of this program and other programs supporting women and girls in STEM.