The Women@NASA have created a virtual mentoring programthat uses Skype or Google Chat to pair NASA mentors with students in grades 5–8 anywhere in the country. The program gives young students the opportunity to interact and learn from real engineers, scientists, and technologists, who explore the many fields that contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Options for topics in the five-week program appear online. This video of a NASA GIRL building a model rocket with her family inspires the kind of joy STEM can stimulate. The Women@NASA hope that their stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in STEM.
Formed in 2014, Latina Girls Code (LGC) was created to fill the diversity gap between girls aged 7–17 who are interested in technology. The program provides mentors, access to hardware and digital tools, as well as internships through various programs and events throughout the year.
The Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) is the foremost Latino organization for the development of STEM leaders in the academic, executive, and technical communities. MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.