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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Did you know the “S” in STEAM, the curriculum taught through interactive play here at DISCOVERY, stands for science? That makes every day a day of science here! At present, though, less than 30 percent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. In order to honor this special day’s mission of achieving full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, let’s take a look at a few women currently changing the world through science!

Amanda Hodo is an aquarium biologist who has always loved animals. She helps make sure the marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium are safe, happy, and healthy.

Beata Mierzwa is a molecular biologist and artist who studies how cells divide to create drawings and clothes. In school, she was told that she needed to choose between her two passions. But she found a unique way to make a career using both!

Allie Miller is the U.S. head of Artificial Intelligence (AI) growth for Startups and Venture Capital at Amazon. In her role there, she scouts and supports up-and-coming AI companies that focus on everything from climate change to space exploration.

Thank you to the IF/THEN® Collection for providing these videos that help us inspire young girls to pursue STEAM careers, and hopefully, create a culture shift in how the world perceives women in these fields, and to the Association of Science and Technology Centers and Lyda Hill Philanthropies for helping us promote gender equity both in and outside of our Museum’s four walls.

From their first day of school to their first A-HA moments.

We put our kids first.

Parents (under a purple overlay) with their toddler (in full color) who is playing on an exhibit

That’s a FIRST made possible by the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum.

As a premier educational partner in the community, we will champion collaboration that inspires every child to become an innovative thinker through the joy and wonder of hands-on DISCOVERY.