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Published on May 13, 2013
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory hosted the sixth annual "Girl Power" event on March 17, 2013 and attracted more than 1,100 middle and high school girls and their family members to the Kossiakoff Center for a free introduction to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Girl Power is a partnership between APL, the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable.
APL staff and other community volunteers in STEM-related fields led the girls through hands-on activities and talked with them about their careers in aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, mechanical engineering, space science and more.
STEM outreach efforts at APL date back to 1976. Today, more than 4,000 students and 500 APL volunteers are engaged in the Lab's ASPIRE high school mentoring program, NASA education outreach programs, Girl Power, Python programming class, Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program and the College Prep program.