The Princess Program for Budding Engineers & Scientists aims to increase accessibility to STEM education, targeting young girls. The two main goals are building enthusiasm and improving accessibility.
It's well documented that our youth, particularly women, don't respond overwhelmingly favorably to traditional messaging about engineering being based on the application of mathematics and sciences. Many STEM outreach initiatives teach incredibly valuable lessons in these areas, but they aren't taught in a language that excited and inspires the next generation of female technologists. The Princess Program aims to mesh creative play with engineering education to speak the language that resonates with young girls.
As new STEM programs are spun up, they often require costly tuition payments or travel to distant or inaccessible locations. This can disparity in access across socioeconomic bands, which contributes to the lack of representative diversity in STEM fields. The Princess Program is comprised entirely of online resources that any student, parent, or teacher can download and print for free. From activity facilitation guides to coloring pages, everything is available on-demand at no-cost, making sure that every young person can see themselves having a future stronger with STEM!
If you happen to be located in the Chicago metro area and would like to request a facilitated classroom visit, please e-mail email@example.com to coordinate a FREE visit!
About the founder
Kelsey Scott is a 2016 honors graduate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and her masters degree in engineering and technology innovation management. While in school she also minored in photography, worked at the Cyert Center for Early Education, and earned a certificate in Spanish language and culture. After graduation she began working with Northrop Grumman in the Future Technical Leaders Program, where she has worked on technologies ranging from cyberspace to outer-space! Kelsey has also volunteered a Daisy Girl Scout Troop leader and a member of the Girl Scouts STEAM Advisory Board, where she became increasingly passionate about making STEM principles more accessible to young girls. Thus, the idea for the Princess Program was born!