Saturday marked the culmination of two exciting Minnesota STEM-focused projects that Bellmont Partners has been working on for the past few months. From the changing media landscape to the rise of STEM-focused careers, Bellmont Partners recognizes the importance of inspiring students to pursue their interests through STEM-related activities. We saw first-hand this weekend the importance of fostering these curiosities in young people.
First, The Center for Girls’ Leadership held its third annual Steps to Success: Girls in STEM event at WSB & Associates, geared toward middle and high school girls looking to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Women make up only 38 percent of recent college graduates with STEM degrees, and this event was a great opportunity for girls and their parents and teachers to connect with successful women in the local STEM community. Panelists this year represented diverse STEM careers from social science research to frontend web development to transportation systems engineering. Girls at the event experienced STEM first-hand through activities including drawing and tracing maps with MNDOT, exploring virtual reality and transportation communication with WSB & Associates, and building marshmallow and spaghetti structures!
Attending parents also chatted about personal security with our friends at Software for Good, and learned lessons in phone safety, social media best practices, password managers and other helpful privacy tools and resources. Our Emma Strub is on the board of this important organization, and played a big role in making the event a success.
Across town, the University of St. Thomas hosted ThreeSixty Journalism’s Digital Media Summit, designed to empower teens to use digital media wisely, responsibly and effectively to accelerate their future success. Digital pros from Bellmont Partners — along with volunteers from Weber Shandwick, Sprinklr, 3M Corporation, Best Buy and #ustSTELAR – worked side-by-side with ThreeSixty students to plan and implement the event, where social media content, virtual reality, drones, viral videos, coding basics and more took center stage. Briana Gruenewald and Emma Strub worked hard to help put this year’s event together, meeting with ThreeSixty students every weekend in January leading up to the Summit. Brian Bellmont is also on the ThreeSixty board of advisors.
We were impressed by the attendees and participating organizations at both events; the future is looking bright for up-and-comers in STEM!