Silicon Valley Career Pathways at the Young Women's Leadership Summit

 Students and their mentors working together a build the bridge.

Students and their mentors working together a build the bridge.

On December 1st, 2017, Silicon Valley Career Pathways (SVCP) traveled to Juniper Networks’ Aspiration Dome to support our partner, Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) Young Women’s Leadership Summit. The event consisted of speakers from the United States Government, Juniper Networks, and Intuitive surgical.  More than 100 middle school students participated in the event, many from SVCP partner institutions.

The speakers at the event talked about their inspiration for entering into a STEM career and about their role in their organizations. Later, students participated in a Q&A session with the presenters, and participated in a STEM activity to create a bridge of puzzle pieces while working together.

 Members of FRC Team 581 speaking with the students.

Members of FRC Team 581 speaking with the students.

As the event came to a close, female members San Jose High School’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 581 spoke about their experiences in robotics. Members of Team 581 encouraged students to take part in their robotics club, even if they know nothing about the topic. Robotics not only allowed members of Team 581 to participate in an extracurricular activity but it also inspired them to pursue a career in STEM. Team 581 then gave a live demonstration of their robot’s t-shirt launching capabilities. Some students walked away with a new shirt.

SVLG’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit is a representation of the public and private sector working together to break down the barriers and stigmas associated with STEM. It’s an effort to encourage young women to pursue a career in STEM and be as successful as their male colleagues.  We’re proud to be partners with SVLG and to have attended in this event.