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In 2015, the Da Vinci Science Center established the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative as part of its broader commitment to supporting aspiring young girls and female practicing STEM professionals. The Science Center offers a number of programs and events throughout the year to introduce students to STEM career pathways and to engage female STEM professionals and provide them the opportunities to network and support each other.
In 2017, the WISE Initiative garnered national attention and federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With the support of a two-year grant from IMLS entitled, “Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering,”
the Da Vinci Science Center is partnering with area colleges, universities, community organizations, and YOU, to identify how we can develop programs and services that address the needs of area women and girls and enhance the STEM learning ecosystem in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities.
Please note that some of the below programs are delayed or on hold due to COVID-19. Updates will be posted as they become available.
Meet seven female professionals who shared their perspectives on working in STEM fields and the opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields. Watch the Forum any time here.
Teachers gain valuable, real-world examples to take back to the classroom and try practical, hands-on activities that build students’ transferrable STEM skills and fulfill Career Education and Work standards.
Science Clubs at Da Vinci Science Center are all about having the most fun with science! Each meeting, participants will explore different sciences, tinker with modern technology, and build new skills that will help them navigate life in the 21st century.
The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Network consists of current and aspiring STEM professionals seeking opportunities to network and support each other. The Da Vinci Science Center hosts regular networking and professional development events for this group.
With the support of a two-year grant from IMLS entitled “Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering,” the Da Vinci Science Center is partnering with area colleges, universities, community organizations, and YOU, to identify how the community can develop programs and services that address the needs of area women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
The WISE Initiative is overseen by an Advisory Council made up of female representatives from area STEM corporations, colleges and universities, and organizations serving women and girls.
|Erin Armstrong||Associate Director, Sterilization, B. Braun Medical|
|Katy Worrilow, Ph.D.||Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems|
|Mary Armstrong, Ph.D.||Professor Women’s and Gender Studies and English, Lafayette College|
|Terry Capuano||Chief Operating Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network|
|Lin Erickson||Executive Director and CEO, Da Vinci Science Center|
|Bonnie Hall||VP of Global Quality and Continuous Improvement, Crayola|
|Rachel Hayden||VP and Chief Information Officer, Just Born, Inc.|
|Stephanie Hnatiw||Executive Director, YWCA of Bethlehem|
|Kristen Jellison, Ph.D.||Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University|
|Joy Karnas, Ph.D.||Chair, Director of Biological Sciences, Professor/Director, Genetic Engineering, Cedar Crest College|
|Maureen Maier||Vice President of Girl Experience & Property, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania|
|Tamala Mallett Moore, MD. MBA, ABFP||Sr. Director Global Pharmacovigilance, Sanofi|
|Megan McGovern||VGIGP, Manufacturing & Engineering – Product, Mack Trucks|
|Darlene Pors||Senior HVAC & Plumbing CAD Designer, HT Lyons|
|Kelly Rindock||Vice President – Wealth Management, Steel Valley Investment Group of Raymond James & Associates, Inc.|
|Susan Schierwagen||VP of Couplings Fittings and Fire Suppression, Victaulic|
|Jean Vincent||VP Product Line Advanced Polyurethanes, Evonik Corporation|