Inspiring Younger Girls to Study STEM+C

Trinity Community Helps Encourage More Girls to Pursue Interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing

Hartford, CT, April 17, 2015 – Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Members of the Trinity community are working to help improve those numbers, though, by encouraging more girls to consider pursuing these fields, as well as computing.

Erin Barney ’15 and Haley Baldwin ’16 recently created a video to support these efforts, “Yes She Can, Girls in STEM,” featuring several members of the Trinity faculty, including President and Professor of Neuroscience Joanne Berger-Sweeney. Check out the video here.

In the next few weeks, two events scheduled to take place on campus are designed to share the excitement of STEM and computing with area middle-school students. Many members of the Trinity community possess a great passion for STEM and computing, and if you do, too, see below for ways to get involved.

Pauline Lake ’13 with students at a Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. event

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr.: Kids Coding for a Cause

Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Roy Nutt Math, Engineering & Computer Science Center, first floor

Get Involved: Community members are encouraged to volunteer or attend as spectators – for more information or to register, click here.  Local 4th-8th graders (both girls and boys) will come together as problem solvers and innovators to create technical solutions for local organizations and charities. Questions? Contact Secretary of Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. Pauline Lake ’13, teaching consultant, Mobile Computer Science Principles Project: or
(860) 297-5313.

  A Tech Savvy

Tech Savvy, hosted by the AAUW of CT

Saturday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mather Hall, second floor, Washington Room

Do you know a 6th-9th grade girl interested in participating in Tech Savvy?
There are still openings and parents/caregivers are invited to attend, too. Please encourage them to learn more and register here.

Tech Savvy, chaired by Donna Haghighat ’89, is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers. Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney will deliver welcoming remarks and several Trinity science students and faculty members are volunteering for the event. Questions? Contact Donna Haghighat at