Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program


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Federally Employed Women National Training Program
Inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Workshop
July 22, 2020

Purpose of the STEM Workshop

Federally Employed Women is pleased to present this inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program as it believes this type of initiative is in keeping with its core mission: Working for the advancement of women in the government. You might ask “Why is STEM important?”. The entire world relies heavily on those occupations to keep our economies functioning. Data has shown STEM jobs are among the fastest growing category and are projected to remain that way for the foreseeable future. As of 2018 it was anticipated there would be 2.4 million STEM jobs which would be unfilled and there is projected to be an increase in STEM positions of 13% by the year 2027. In order to meet the shortfall, we need to grow the number of individuals who are interested and engaged in the STEM arena. The more important question to ask is “Why not get involved in a STEM program now?”.

Mistress of Ceremony:
Elyse Lewis, Technology & Systems Analyst: Information Technology & Miss Black Florida 2020

Opening General Session
Welcome: Caronell “Nell” Diew, FEW NTP STEM Day Coordinator
Opening Address: Karen Rainey, FEW President
Technical Address: Aviator Barrington Irving (TBD)

Cyber Security
Cyber security (sometimes referred to as information technology security) concentrates on the processes, networks, programs, and data processed on a daily basis and the confidential information we transmit regularly via our systems. Cyber security focuses on the ongoing care of data to protect sensitive business and personal information and defend national security. Learn about the latest elements of cyber security practices.

Session Lead(s)
• David Meusel, Federal Aviation Administration, Director, NAS Security & Enterprise Operations

Technology & Space

Many of the innovations which were initiated as a result of space exploration have gone on to increase technological advancements in the public and private sector. During this session we will learn about the newest technologies, techniques, and capabilities being utilized to advance space exploration.

Session Lead(s)
• Gioia Massa, Plant Scientist, NASA
• Hortense B. Diggs, NASA, Kennedy Space Center

*STEM Exhibit Fair

Engage with various vendors showcasing their STEM products or skillsets and find out about STEM positions available in diverse industry verticals.

Climate Change and Its Effect on the Environment

Explore climate data and how climate changes are influenced by the ocean, land, sun, and atmospheric chemistry. This session will also include the types of STEM positions utilized in areas researching climate change.

Session Lead(s)
• Kenneth M. Bailey, NOAA Director, Civil Rights & Inclusion

Engineering with Special Emphasis in Robotics
Many business verticals like manufacturing, health care, energy, and mining utilize robotics. In the coming years it is expected that use of robotics will greatly increase. We will discuss the types of engineering skill areas like Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Research and Development, and the use of tools and processes aiding in the building of robots.

Session Lead(s):
• Manual Johnson, Engineer: Robotics Demo & Brief

STEM Career Pathways in the Federal Government & College Readiness
The National Science and Technology Council provided a report titled “Charting A Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education” which outlines a five-year strategic plan containing three goals for Federal Agencies’ activities with regard to STEM:

1. Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy
2. Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM
3. Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future

During this session we will review some of the skills needed to succeed in a STEM program and where to find and apply for government STEM jobs or internships.

Session Lead(s):
• Tammy Jones, Federal Aviation Administration Human Resources; Board Member, Aviation Workforce Committee

Closing General Session
• Speaker: Judith C. Blackwell-Thompson (First Female Launch Director, Kennedy Space)
• Closing Remarks: Karen Rainey, FEW President