Encouraging Girls to Pursue Dreams in STEM

Get involved with your local schools and share ideas with students of all ages in order to promote STEM especially with girls and young women.

As a lover of all things technology, I mean I am obsessed with technology, I have made it my mission in life to share that passion with students.  As a former classroom teacher, Instructional Technologist, and adjunct college professor, I spent many hours training students, teachers and administrators how to use technology in order to make their lives more efficient and productive.

In 2000, I wrote a technology grant with 3 other teachers and won $200,000 worth of technology plus 13 hours of technology courses/graduate credit from Furman University in Greenville SC. This experience catapulted my technology career. The purpose of our grant was to revitalize Paris Mountain State Park by bringing more families to the park. We also focused on building curriculum to provide real life scientific experiences for students as they explored nature with the park rangers and teachers. For Paris Elementary, we were able to order laptops for 2 laptop carts, desktops for the classrooms, interactive boards, educational software, digital microscopes,digital cameras, video recorders, and much more. My first grade students were using laptops to create, communicate, share ideas, learn at their own pace, and conduct research at an early age.  Since then, I have been mesmerized by students learning with technology. 

Now that I am in the corporate world as an Intel Education representative at SYNNEX, I volunteer with an organization called Mentor Upstate. We work with underprivileged students and spend time talking to them about their struggles and their goals in life. I also volunteer at several Title I schools and lead their Career Days. It is during those Career Days that I am able to share the message of Girls Love Technology, too.  The CompTIA organization has an incredible website: Advancing Women in IT, full of resources that you can use if you decide to donate your time to promote this message in your area schools.

My hope is that you will also volunteer at schools, clubs, organizations to promote the Girls in Technology Message. Let me know if you need help planning this: franm@synnex.com











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