It's Your Time To Shine

Figuring out how to take the first step can feel like, well, rocket science.

We’ve put together a list of some of the opportunities available in Connecticut and surrounding states to help you get started.

There are many ways to help advance your STEAM education, starting with after-school programs and camps for young girls.

If you’re in high school or college, it may be time to consider a more career-focused summer activity like an internship.

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Camp Invention iD Tech Camps and Online Programs The Connecticut Audabon Society Explore Engineering - UCONN Summer Institute for the Gifted King School Summer Institute Discovery Science Center and Planetarium Talcott Mountain Science Center The State of Connecticut UCONN Internships & Co-ops The Kennedy Center Technology Talent Bridge Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center RIT Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

Imagine Your Future

When we think of history’s greatest innovators, we’re programmed to think of men (specifically, white men): Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein.

Women and people of color are usually left out of the history books. But the truth is much richer and full of color, and we’re finally telling the whole story.

Here are just a few of the women who have helped change the world:

black and white photo of Mary W. Jackson holding a clipboard

Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA, helped Americans reach space, and was the subject of the recent movie, “Hidden Figures.”

photo of Susan Wojcicki speaking into a headset

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube (you may have heard of it), acknowledges the lack of women in tech. She is quoted as saying “Tech is an incredible force that will change our world in ways we can’t anticipate. If that force is only 20 to 30% women, that is a problem.”

photo of Reshma Saujani wearing a black shirt

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit focused on helping close the gender gap in computer science by creating opportunities for female engineers.

black and white photo of Clara Barton with a lace collar

Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. Her love of science and passion for nursing and helping others led to one of the nation’s greatest humanitarian organizations.

self-portrait by Frida Khalo in a jungle scene

Frida Khalo was a Mexican painter known for her colorful art and self-portraits. Perhaps the original inventor of the selfie, Khalo’s impact on culture proves that arts are an important part of problem-solving in STEAM.