This May, WIN Technology employees kicked off the inaugural “Imagine Summit,” an event geared towards science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities for local young women in the Chippewa Valley. We imagine life as it will be 20 years from now, and with all the uncertainty, one thing is abundantly clear: Science and technology are constantly evolving. Now more than ever, a career in STEM offers abundant opportunities for our young women. Educators, mentors, parents, and business professionals can proudly echo that STEM education can promote ongoing academic success in the classroom, improve critical thinking skills, problem solving and advanced exploratory learning possibilities. Most importantly, it increases the chances for our young female students to shape our world and allow job stability in an increasing tech-focused marketplace.
The day included a discussion of STEM career pathways, robotics and coding activities, cybersecurity, and a Women in Tech Panel. This first year, WIN was proud to host 27 students from 6 school districts that were chosen for this event through an application process. The group who organized this special day hopes to make this an annual event as it provides relevant and real-world exposure to important math, science, technology, and engineering concepts.