On November 9, 2019, Young Women In Bio-RTP participated in speed mentoring during the TechnoQuest event hosted by the Girls Scouts. 118 middle school-aged girls attended the day-long event at Meredith College. It included speed mentoring with STEM professionals, a workshop on E-Wearables designing, a robotics project, a lab session to create designs to address engineering challenges, water filtration and spectrometry demonstrations, and a chemistry workshop with GSK. Six YWIB volunteers attended to serve as speed mentors for the girls to ask and learn about STEM field opportunities. The girls were prepared before the speed mentoring session to help them feel comfortable and think of questions to ask the mentors.
During the speed mentoring workshop, girls asked mentors what their careers were, what their day-to-day looked like, how they ended up in the role they are are in and much more! It was a casual atmosphere that made the girls feel comfortable but was also fast-paced (about five minutes with each mentor). The girls ended up talking to 10 different female mentors in various fields. Participants were very eager to chat with the mentors and enthusiastic about learning more about STEM fields. Some were very excited to share their plans and goals - they already have for entering a STEM field! The mentoring session was one of the first parts of the day and the girls were also able to do hands-on activities through other sessions, getting a real feel for working in STEM fields.
YWIB enjoyed participating in this event with the Girls Scouts. We hope to participate again and potentially host an activity for the girls to participate in, in the future. Special thanks to Sarah Buddendeck (Program Director at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines) for her help in coordinating with YWIB and allowing us to be a part of such a fun event! Also, thank you to the rest of the GSNCCP staff for their help in facilitating and coordinating the event.