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STEM Ambassadors bridge gender inequality gap

Lily Johnson
Senior Miguel Baranda Chamu, junior Megan Juza, and senior Tate Pugmire demonstrate the PH scale with a lunchtime experi- ment.

“It’s all elements, baby,” STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Ambassadors founder Megan Juza announced as she gave a presentation to women and gender non-conforming students on the science classes available here. 

When walking into one of the workshops, visitors are met with the sounds of Titans helping each other with their science homework and learning about the light spectrum. Doughnut holes make their way around the room as the group does a lab on the PH scale turning a beaker of blue liquid, red.

“STEM Ambassadors is a club I started after realizing that there weren’t a lot of girls and gender non-conforming people in my AP Computer Science class,” Juza said. 

They work alongside other science clubs to bridge the STEM gender gap and introduce Titans to all of the amazing science classes offered at PHS. The STEM workshops offer snacks, a hands-on activity, and information on classes available.

Through exposure, the Ambassadors hope to encourage women and gender non-conforming students to join Science classes past the required two to graduate.

“I hope we can let other students know we have these wonderful classes that offer so much learning into the sciences around us and that are taught by amazing teachers,” junior Ansley Chan said.

The series includes workshops on Computer Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Engineering. The Ambassadors hope to grow their programs and offer more workshops and fun activities to get more Titans involved in STEM.

Each workshop held at lunch is an introduction to one of the advanced STEM classes. You can find more information about the workshops coming up on fliers posted around campus.

STEM Ambassadors are putting in the work to make PHS a more inclusive place to learn.

“Accept women and gender non-conforming students with the open arms you accept men,” junior Jax Harrell said. Students looking for help with their current STEM class or for more information about classes on campus can stop by a workshop and talk to one of the friendly neighborhood STEM Ambassadors.

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