All across the United States, there is living evidence that scientists and engineers are not the nerdy, all-male, lab-coat-wearing, wallflowers pictured in the history books but include the full diversity of the nation. Bringing these images out of the shadows will inspire further diversity in STEM fields, as young people see inspiration in their teachers, communities, and mentors.
Some of the talented young women who competed for this year’s Miss America title have dreams not only of a crown but of solving the toughest health, technology, and environmental challenges facing the world. Competing for a coveted few STEM scholarships from the Miss America organization, the finalists have stories like many young women around this country inspired to pursue STEM. Sporting some serious STEM credentials, we will have a conversation about inspiration, goals, and overcoming challenges with these young women who are on career pathways to be scientists, engineers, doctors, and entrepreneurs.
On Wednesday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET, the White House will host "We the Geeks: Miss America" to hear from the STEM scholarship winners as they share their stories from crowns to classrooms, personal role models, and advice for the next generation of women in STEM.
Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks. And you can view the hangout Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET by visiting obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/WeTheGeeks.
Phil Larson is Senior Advisor for Space and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.