IF/THEN an Initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has joined forces to invest in and help raise the profiles of women in STEM and inspire the next generation of girls to consider STEM careers. Through the shared mission of the IF/THEN Initiative and STEM Pledge Girl Scouts has developed STEM Career Exploration badges for girls in grades 2nd – 8th. The badges provide girls with the opportunity to explore their career interests and connect to STEM fields—particularly computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health, and agriculture—that can help them address the pressing issues of our time and change the world. Girls explore dynamic women in STEM (IF/THEN Ambassadors) through videos featured in The IF/THEN® Collection, a free, downloadable digital asset library of real life women in STEM, an integral component of the STEM Career Exploration badges.
Additionally, Girl Scouts in partnership with nine Girl Scout councils is piloting an alternative volunteer model specifically focusing on connecting troops with STEM professionals.
When girls explore what women can achieve in a STEM career, they see the powerful connection between science and making the world a better place. If they can see it then they can be it! Exercise your creativity and see how women in STEM careers are changing the world with these digital coloring pages.
IF/THEN is part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies' commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature. IF/THEN seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by: (1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models, (2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and (3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers. To learn more, visit www.ifthenshecan.org.
About Lyda Hill Philanthropies:
Lyda Hill Philanthropies encompasses the charitable giving for founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. Our organization is committed to funding transformational advances in science and _ nature, empowering nonprofit organizations and improving the North Texas and Colorado Springs communities. Because Miss Hill has a fervent belief that “science is the answer” to many of life’s most challenging issues, she has chosen to donate the entirety of her estate to philanthropy and scientific research. For more details visit lydahillphilanthropies.org.