Welcome! I'm Audrey and this is a website I created as part of my Girl Scout Gold Award, an 80+ hour project to help your community. 74% of teen girls are interested in STEM, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute. Yet, only 24% of all STEM jobs in America are held by women. What happens between middle school and a career? Growing up with strong support for my interests in science and math, I have been able to pursue these passions in any way I want. I've been able to hear advice from lots of women in STEM, discuss what it is they do everyday, and ask why they love it. So, I share this with you all, in hopes that something here will spark your interest and keep that love of STEM going.
Have fun exploring,
Where Should I start?
There's so much here and I'm constantly adding more! Here's a guide to the site:
Home: Welcome! This is a stream of little notes from me.
Interviews: These are all really cool women I've talked with about their careers and asked for advice. Here's what they said!
Female Firsts: Women have come a long way in STEM fields. Someone always has to be first and that takes a lot of guts and grit. I've picked out some I think you'll find particularly inspiring.
Words from Women: You can't posssibly follow everything that everyone tells you. But having some honest advice is certainly helpful to guide you. I was amazed by what these women had to say and had to share.
More to Explore: There's so much more out there! This is a random collection of links to fun activities, videos, and sites.
I'd love to hear from you!! Let me know what you think about my website, ask me questions, or suggest something new. Email me at email@example.com
Admire a woman in STEM? Interview her!
Don't know where to start? Here's a sample of questions I used in the "Interviews" section:
- What is your current profession?
- What do you do on a daily basis?
- When has confidence played a key role in your life? How have you used this trait and what was the effect?
- Have you had to advocate for yourself in order to accomplish something? What stood in your way and how were you able to overcome the obstacle?
- How has your work benefited others and how are you affecting change?
- What, if any, adversity have you faced pertaining to gender roles in your profession? How have you dealt with this?
- Is there any other advice you have for girls? Or a story you would like to share?
When you're done, email me your interview or go to my Google Form. This way I can add it to the site for more girls to read your awesome work!
I coded this website!
When I started this project, I knew I wanted to learn to code instead of using a website-building tool where you drag and drop boxes. Knowing I was encouraging girls to invest time and energy in STEM, I thought it would be hypocritical to not put in my own time and energy.
I would need to learn the languages of html and css, so I headed to codecademy, an awesome website that takes you step by step into the world of programming. Soon, I was ready to start building the frameworks of my own site. I found Mozilla Thimble, which is a perfect place to try things out and immediately see the results right next to your code.
Through hundreds of ours of gathering interviews, resources, and mostly figuring out how to code, I did a whole lot of Googling. I had a vision of what I wanted the site to look like, and I didn't want to settle for a basic html website.
I have two words: TRIAL and ERROR. This is probably one of the biggest lessons I've learned in science. No matter how detailed a plan you have or how well you follow directions, it's not always going to go right. I've learned to accept that, and keep working towards my goal.
Share your coding frustrations and triumphs with me! Computer Programming is known to be a fairly isolating field. Many people picture spending hours alone, typing away. Try coding with a friend! I've found it's always more fun and more productive with two brains.
What's the green "Remix" button in the corner?
Click on it to see all of my code for this site. But don't worry, you won't be editing this website. It creates your own version to try out programming and see what effects your changes have.